/ Feb 2, 2017

Wild Knights acquire Teikyo University's Matsuda

Days after coming up short in the national championship, the Top League’s Panasonic Wild Knights bolstered their roster with the addition of Teikyo University star Rikiya Matsuda. The 22-year-old back made his debut for Japan last summer against Canada and followed that by appearing ...

Sunwolves open practice ahead of Super Rugby campaign

/ Feb 1, 2017

Sunwolves open practice ahead of Super Rugby campaign

The Sunwolves held their first training session Wednesday, just 24 days before they open their 2017 Super Rugby season against the defending champions, the Hurricanes. Only three days after the domestic season finished with a bruising All-Japan Championship final, the squad was put through ...

/ Jan 30, 2017

Top League overhauls format again

The Top League will undergo yet another change next season, as the Japan Rugby Football Union tries to give Super Rugby side the Sunwolves more preparation time amid concerns for the welfare of the nation’s top players. The 2017-18 season, which is set to ...

Suntory beats Panasonic in cup final to secure double

/ Jan 29, 2017

Suntory beats Panasonic in cup final to secure double

Suntory Sungoliath completed the league and cup double on Sunday as they beat Panasonic Wild Knights 15-10 in a pulsating All-Japan Championship final. In front of a full house of 20,196 at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground, five penalties from Kosei Ono saw Keisuke ...

/ Jan 28, 2017

Kintetsu, Coca-Cola, Toyota Industries remain in Top League

The makeup of next season’s Top League was determined Saturday following the final round of promotion playoffs, with the three incumbents all keeping their place in the top flight with wins over the second- to fourth-ranked regional teams. In Osaka, the Kintetsu Liners were ...

/ Jan 26, 2017

Japan winger Kodama joins Super Rugby's Rebels

Japan winger Kentaro Kodama has signed to play for the Melbourne Rebels in the 2017 Super Rugby competition. The 24-year-old Kodama, who played for the Sunwolves in their debut season last year, has agreed to a one-year contract. He will play alongside Japan teammate ...

Sungoliath, Wild Knights reach All-Japan Championship final

/ Jan 21, 2017

Sungoliath, Wild Knights reach All-Japan Championship final

The 54th All-Japan Championship final will feature a matchup between two of rugby’s greatest-ever back-row forwards following Saturday’s semifinals at Hanazono Rugby Ground. George Smith’s Suntory Sungoliath remained on track for the league and cup double as they beat Teikyo University 54-29, while David ...

/ Jan 18, 2017

All Blacks lose Cruden to French club

All Blacks flyhalf Aaron Cruden will leave New Zealand at the end of this year’s Super Rugby season after signing a three-year contract with French side Montpellier. The 28-year-old, who made the announcement on the Waikato Chiefs’ Facebook page on Wednesday, will still be ...