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Aug 27, 2016

Yamaha wins Top League opener

Yamaha Jubilo exposed a huge chink in defending champion Panasonic Wild Knights’ armor Friday night as the new Top League season got underway at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground. The Yamaha pack demolished the Panasonic scrum and the dominance up front laid the foundations ...

Panasonic still team to beat in revamped Top League

Aug 24, 2016

Panasonic still team to beat in revamped Top League

With Japan once again the darling of world rugby, thanks to the exploits of the sevens team at the Rio Olympics, attention now shifts to the 15-a-side version of the game with the Top League kicking off Friday. While the players and coaches have ...

Aug 19, 2016

Japan to add second-tier rugby league in 2017

An eight-team second-tier league below the Top League will begin from the 2017-18 season, the Japan Rugby Football Union announced Friday. The top two teams from each of Japan’s three provincial leagues — Top East, Top West, and Top Kyushu this upcoming season will ...

Jul 17, 2016

Yamada, Fujita dropped from Japan's sevens squad for Olympics

Last year’s World Cup heroes Akihito Yamada and Yoshikazu Fujita will not be travelling to Brazil for the Rio Olympics after they were omitted from Japan’s 12-man squad for rugby sevens. Yusaku Kuwazuru will captain the team announced by the Japan Rugby Football Union ...

Jul 16, 2016

Sakura Sevens squad revealed for Rio Games

Chiharu Nakamura will captain the Japan women’s rugby sevens team at the 2016 Rio Olympics, the Japan Rugby Football Union announced Saturday, when the names of 12 team members and two backups were released. The draw last month in Rio de Janeiro saw the ...

Sunwolves lose again in season finale

Jul 16, 2016

Sunwolves lose again in season finale

The Sunwolves’ inaugural Super Rugby season came to a close Friday with a 40-29 defeat at the hands of the Sharks at Kings Park. As it have been for much of the season, Mark Hammett’s side — which finished the season with one win, ...

Goromaru embraces challenge with French club Toulon

Jul 15, 2016

Goromaru embraces challenge with French club Toulon

Japan fullback Ayumu Goromaru is eager to be a Japanese pioneer in French rugby as his move to Toulon draws near. In joining the star-studded French Top 14 side, which boasts Kiwi center Ma’a Nonu and South African wing Bryan Habana in its ranks, ...

Bulls crush Sunwolves, stay in playoff chase

Jul 10, 2016

Bulls crush Sunwolves, stay in playoff chase

The Sunwolves showed Saturday that no matter how big the heart is, if the legs are gone then there is only one result. The toll of a long tough first season in Super Rugby showed at Loftus Versfeld as Mark Hammett’s side was beaten ...

Jul 9, 2016

Goromaru positive about Super Rugby experience

Although the playing time was hard to come by and injury forced him to miss final fixtures, Ayumu Goromaru has reflected positively on his Super Rugby season with the Reds. “It was a good experience being able to play in matches although chances were ...

Jul 6, 2016

Verblitz announce trio of new additions

Toyota Verblitz announced Wednesday the signings the Australian pair of Wycliff Palu and Ben Lucas, and Welsh international Dominic Day for the 2016-17 Top League season. Palu, who has won 57 caps for the Wallabies, originally signed for Verblitz in 2015 for two years. ...