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Wild Knights beat Verblitz for third straight title

Mar 1, 2010

Wild Knights beat Verblitz for third straight title

What’s better than back-to-back championships? How about a three-peat? The Sanyo Wild Knights made it three cups in a row, topping the Toyota Verblitz 22-17 at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground on Sunday in the 47th All-Japan Rugby Football Championship. Weather conditions factored into ...

Toshiba pips Sanyo for Top League title

Feb 1, 2010

Toshiba pips Sanyo for Top League title

It takes a really special occasion to wear a T-shirt with a business suit, and Sunday was just that for Toshiba Electric. In the wake of the team’s 6-0 win over the Sanyo Wild Knights, Toshiba’s top corporate managers, including 60-year-old president Norio Sasaki, ...

Japanese squad wins historic rugby match

Jul 1, 2009

Japanese squad wins historic rugby match

There’s a fine line between friendship and rivalry, and for now, South Korea’s only women’s rugby team is on the friendly side of the line with its Japanese counterparts. Making its first trip to Japan, the Seoul Sisters lost to a Japanese squad 44-10 ...

Sanyo captures national rugby championship with win over Suntory

Mar 1, 2009

Sanyo captures national rugby championship with win over Suntory

The Sanyo Wild Knights made it three in a row against a big rival, winning Saturday’s All-Japan Rugby Championship. Sanyo topped longtime nemesis Suntory Sungoliath, winning 24-16 at Tokyo’s Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground before 12,000 spectators. Though quite familiar with each other, Sanyo ...

Scandal clouds Toshiba's victory in Microsoft Cup

Feb 9, 2009

Scandal clouds Toshiba's victory in Microsoft Cup

The Toshiba Brave Lupus are back on top of Japanese rugby, even as scandal looms on the horizon. The sixth Microsoft Cup tournament, Japan’s Top League rugby playoff, ended with Toshiba overpowering Sanyo Wild Knights 17-6 at Tokyo’s Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium on Sunday, in ...

Stripped of stereotypes

Feb 7, 2009

Stripped of stereotypes

If you ever have the chance to meet Lu Nagata, you will never forget her style and determination. A highly accomplished artist and entrepreneur, the 29-year-old Nagata is responsible for introducing pole dancing to Japan as an art form and as a form of ...

Strong 2nd half carries Maori past Japan in Pacific Nations Cup

Jun 29, 2008

Strong 2nd half carries Maori past Japan in Pacific Nations Cup

NAPIER, New Zealand — John Kirwan’s squad gave an unexpected first-half scare to the New Zealand Maori at McLean Park on Saturday, as the two teams finished off their Pacific Nations Cup encounter with a final 65-22 victory for the home team. While the ...

Revamped Japan meets New Zealand Maori in Pacific Nations Cup

Jun 28, 2008

Revamped Japan meets New Zealand Maori in Pacific Nations Cup

NAPIER, New Zealand — A freshened-up Japanese national rugby team will face the New Zealand Maori on Saturday at McLean Park in Napier, as the fourth round of the Pacific Nations Cup begins. After a disappointing 24-12 loss to Fiji due to forced errors ...

Oct 18, 2007

Festive cultural exhibitions spice up World Cup

PARIS — The 2007 Rugby World Cup is about to finish, but the festivities on the Parisian streets have kept alive the event’s momentum. The tournament that International Rugby Board chairman Syd Millar dubbed “the best World Cup ever” raised the bar for future ...