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Panasonic captures Top League title

Jan 24, 2016

Panasonic captures Top League title

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Panasonic Wild Knights survived an almighty late scare to become Top League champions for the third straight season after beating Toshiba Brave Lupus 27-26 in Sunday’s LIXIL Cup final. South African winger JP Pietersen looked to have put the Wild Knights home and dry ...

Jan 23, 2016

Red Hurricanes finish last in Top League

NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes discovered Saturday that signing high profile players on short-term contracts doesn’t guarantee a turnaround in fortune as they finished bottom of the Top League following a 32-22 defeat to NEC Green Rockets at Komazawa Olympic Park. Fortunately for Masahiro Shimooki ...

Jan 20, 2016

Highlanders expected to announce Joseph's move to Japan

The long and winding road to name a successor to Eddie Jones as head coach of the Brave Blossoms looks like it is finally coming to an end. New Zealand’s Otago Daily Times told Kyodo News on Wednesday that Super Rugby champions the Highlanders ...

Jan 19, 2016

Former All Blacks join Sunwolves' coaching staff

Former All Blacks Nathan Mauger and Filo Tiatia announced Tuesday that they are joining the coaching staff of Japan’s Sunwolves less than six weeks before the fledgling side makes its Super Rugby debut. Mauger will coach the backs and Tiatia the forwards under head ...

Jan 18, 2016

Former All Black Tiatia takes Sunwolves coaching role

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Former All Blacks back-row forward Filo Tiatia will be the forwards coach for the Sunwolves, Japan’s new Super Rugby team, Kyodo News learned Monday. In a letter on Facebook to Scots College in his hometown of Wellington, where he has been working as director ...

Jan 17, 2016

Sanix stays on course in Top Challenge Series

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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

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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 ...

Jan 15, 2016

Japan names provisional men's rugby sevens squad for Rio Olympics

Japan men’s sevens coach Tomohiro Segawa named his provisional squad for the Rio Olympics on Friday. Akihito Yamada, Kenki Fukuoka and Yoshikazu Fujita — all members of the Brave Blossoms squad at Rugby World Cup 2015 — were among the 19 named. A further ...

Wild Knights open playoffs in style

Jan 9, 2016

Wild Knights open playoffs in style

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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

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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 ...

Dec 31, 2015

Tanaka warns against complacency in Japanese rugby

Japan scrumhalf Fumiaki Tanaka has warned that banking on Japan’s World Cup success will be a mistake. In a year-end interview, the 30-year-old Tanaka, who plays in the Top League for Panasonic Wild Knights and in Super Rugby for the Highlanders, said Japanese rugby ...