Jan 17, 2016

Sanix stays on course in Top Challenge Series

Munakata Sanix Blues remained on course to win the Top Challenge Series on Sunday with a 61-14 victory over Kyuden Voltex at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground. Karne Hesketh — who scored Japan’s winning try against South Africa at Rugby World Cup 2015 — ...

Panasonic, Toshiba reach Top League final

Jan 16, 2016

Panasonic, Toshiba reach Top League final

The Top League winners’ pennant will fly over a familiar training ground from the week after next after three-time champions Panasonic Wild Knights and five-time league winners Toshiba Brave Lupus advanced to the LIXIL Cup final. Two-time defending champion Panasonic beat Kobe Kobelco Steelers ...

Wild Knights open playoffs in style

Jan 9, 2016

Wild Knights open playoffs in style

Panasonic Wild Knights remained on course for a third straight Top League title Saturday as they beat Canon Eagles 46-6 in the opening round of the LIXIL Cup, the playoff tournament to determine the league champions. Panasonic coach Robbie Deans’ team ran in four ...

Many questions remain for Japan's Sunwolves

Jan 7, 2016

Many questions remain for Japan's Sunwolves

With just over seven weeks to go until the Sunwolves make their Super Rugby debut against the Johannesburg-based Lions in Tokyo, the good news is the team finally have a coach and a full roster of players. But the Dec. 21 announcement of Mark ...

Brave Blossoms' Sa'u picks Auckland over Sunwolves

Dec 14, 2015

Brave Blossoms' Sa'u picks Auckland over Sunwolves

Japan’s new Super Rugby side received yet another snub Monday with the news Male Sa’u has signed a one-year deal with the Auckland-based Blues. The 28-year-old Yamaha Jubilo center is the fifth member of Japan’s Rugby World Cup squad to opt to play for ...

Dec 5, 2015

Deans, Penney not interested in coaching Brave Blossoms, Sunwolves

Robbie Deans and Rob Penney both ruled themselves out Saturday of becoming head coach of the Brave Blossoms or the boss of Japan’s new Super Rugby side the Sunwolves. Deans, who previously coached the Crusaders and Australia before taking over Panasonic Wild Knights, told ...

Nov 25, 2015

New SANZAR boss confident Sunwolves will be ready

Despite not having a coach or officially naming a single member of their playing roster, Japan’s new Super Rugby side, the Sunwolves, will be ready to take part in the competition, according to new SANZAR chief executive Andy Marinos. The South African, who played ...

Japanese men qualify for Rio Olympics in rugby sevens

Nov 8, 2015

Japanese men qualify for Rio Olympics in rugby sevens

Japan is Rio bound after qualifiying for the men’s sevens tournament at next year’s Olympic Games, beating Hong Kong 24-10 in the final of the Asia rugby sevens qualifier 2015 on Sunday. Tries by Teruya Goto, Lemeki Lomano, Kazuhiro Goya and Katsuyuki Sakai, who ...