Jan 18, 2017

University rugby teams to be left out of national championships

University rugby, the traditional center of the game in Japan, will no longer have a place in the national championships, the Japan Rugby Football Union decided on Wednesday. Starting next season, the championship will be contested by the first four finishers from the Top ...

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 ...

Suntory winger Nakazuru named Top League MVP

Jan 15, 2017

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Suntory routs Yamaha in marquee matchup

Dec 24, 2016

Suntory routs Yamaha in marquee matchup

Suntory Sungoliath put themselves in the driver’s seat for theTop League title Saturday thanks to a 41-24 win over Yamaha Jubilo in a showdown between first- and second-place teams. On a blustery day in front of 10,574 fans at Yamaha Stadium, Kosei Ono once ...

Suntory runs winning streak to 12

Dec 17, 2016

Suntory runs winning streak to 12

Suntory Sungoliath maintained their unbeaten run in the Top League on Saturday with a 37-24 victory over Toyota Verblitz. The win at Toyota Stadium in Aichi Prefecture sees Suntory go first in the standings with 56 points from 12 games, though the Yamaha Jubilo ...

Oct 29, 2016

Green Rockets outplay Steelers in Top League clash

The Kobe Kobelco Steelers missed out on a golden opportunity to keep pace with the Top League leaders on Saturday, losing 38-24 to the NEC Green Rockets. The inaugural Top League champions (in the 2003-04 campaign) came into this Round 9 game at Prince ...

Oct 23, 2016

Ricoh rookie Matsuhashi bags hat-trick in win over Toshiba

A try from Ricoh rookie Shuhei Matsuhashi — his third of the day — seconds before the final hooter handed the Black Rams a 33-28 win over Toshiba Brave Lupus on Sunday in the Japan Rugby Top League. The 22-year-old No. 8, who is ...