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Suntory winger Nakazuru named Top League MVP

Takaaki Nakazuru was named Japan Rugby Top League MVP on Sunday, a day after helping Suntory Sungoliath clinch their fourth Top League title. The 26-year-old wing scored a league-leading 17 tries this season as Suntory bagged its first title since 2012-13 to add to its three corporate titles from the ...

Jan 15, 2017

NTT Docomo wins promotion to Top League

NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes were promoted to the Japan Rugby Top League on Sunday following a 30-14 win over Mitsubishi Sagamihara Dynaboars at Hanazono Rugby Ground. The victory sees the Top West champions clinch Top Challenge 1 and win an automatic spot in the ...

Unbeaten Suntory claims Top League title

Jan 14, 2017

Unbeaten Suntory claims Top League title

Suntory Sungoliath were crowned Japan Rugby Top League champions Saturday following a 27-15 win over Kobe Kobelco Steelers. The victory at Noevir Stadium sees Keisuke Sawaki’s team finish the season unbeaten on 69 points, two more than Yamaha Jubilo, who beat eighth-placed Toyota Verblitz ...

Jan 12, 2017

JRFU hands Kobe's Nakajima a 10-match ban

Kobe Kobelco Steelers lock Vakauta Isileli Nakajima was handed a 10-match ban by the Japan Rugby Football Union on Thursday for a tip tackle during last weekend’s Top League game against the Kubota Spears. The 27-year-old Tongan-born graduate of Ryutsu Keizai University upended Kim ...

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Jan 12, 2017

Sunwolves announce three additions for Super Rugby campaign

The Sunwolves named three more players to their squad Thursday for the upcoming Super Rugby season. Lock Naohiro Kotaki from the Toshiba Brave Lupus, who has won seven caps for the Brave Blossoms, gets a recall having played three games for the franchise last ...

Teikyo wins eighth straight university rugby title

Jan 9, 2017

Teikyo wins eighth straight university rugby title

Teikyo University won an unprecedented eighth straight collegiate title Monday as it beat Tokai University 33-26 at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground. With Japan international Rikiya Matsuda steering the ship well at flyhalf, Masayuki Iwade’s men probably deserved the win but the neutrals in ...

Jan 8, 2017

Honda relegated from Top League after defeat

Honda Heat were relegated from the Japan Rugby Top League on Sunday following a 41-21 defeat to NEC Green Rockets at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground. The result means the Heat cannot finish above 16th despite one game remaining and will play next season ...

Sungoliath thrash Brave Lupus in Top League duel

Jan 7, 2017

Sungoliath thrash Brave Lupus in Top League duel

A hat trick of tries from Takaaki Nakazuru and another near-faultless display from Kosei Ono helped Suntory Sungoliath move ever closer to their fourth Top League title Saturday as they hammered Toshiba Brave Lupus 48-0. The victory at Ajinomoto Stadium not only gives Suntory ...

Jan 4, 2017

Rugby league's Bulls liquidated

Bradford Bulls, one of the most historic clubs in rugby league, have been liquidated, their general manager told the BBC on Tuesday. The Bulls — who were crowned English domestic champions six times, won the Challenge Cup five times and the World Club Challenge ...

Teikyo, Tokai set up university final rematch

Jan 2, 2017

Teikyo, Tokai set up university final rematch

Teikyo University and Tokai University will contest the 53rd collegiate rugby championship final following two contrasting semifinals at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground on Monday. Teikyo, aiming for its eighth straight title, was made to work hard by Tenri University before running away with ...

Dec 25, 2016

England's Mako Vunipola in doubt for Six Nations

England prop Mako Vunipola may join brother Billy on the sidelines for the Six Nations after Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall revealed his left knee injury could be serious. Vunipola, whose younger sibling and back-row forward Billy underwent knee surgery in November, damaged ...