Feb 15, 2015

Suntory, Toshiba reach All-Japan Championship semifinals

Two of Australia’s Super Rugby sides will have to wait a little longer for their Japan imports after Suntory Sungoliath advanced to the semifinals of the All-Japan Championship on Sunday. Hendrik Tui, who is set to play for the Reds, and Kotaro Matsushima, who ...

Feb 14, 2015

Shuttles win spoils Williams' farewell

Shane Williams was hoping Valentine’s Day would be the icing on the cake to his glittering career, but his hopes of getting Mitsubishi Sagamihara Dynaboars into the Top League were well and truly squashed Saturday by Toyota Industries Shuttles. The Shuttles ran in seven ...

Feb 5, 2015

Panasonic prop Inagaki finalizes deal with Melbourne Rebels

Panasonic Wild Knights prop Keita Inagaki will play Super Rugby for the Melbourne Rebels, the two-time defending Top League champions announced Thursday. The 24-year-old Japanese international will join the Rebels after the All-Japan Championship, whose final is Feb. 28. “I’m very excited to have ...

Panasonic battles through pain barrier to claim Top League crown

Feb 1, 2015

Panasonic battles through pain barrier to claim Top League crown

Panasonic Wild Knights repeated as Top League champions on Sunday following a 30-12 win over Yamaha Jubilo in front of 16,304 at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground. Wild Knights captain Shota Horie became the first player to lift the new LIXIL Cup following a ...

Panasonic crushes Toshiba to reach Top League final

Jan 25, 2015

Panasonic crushes Toshiba to reach Top League final

Panasonic Wild Knights showed just why they are the defending Top League champions Sunday as they hammered Toshiba Brave Lupus 50-15 in the second LIXIL Cup semifinal to set up a final clash with Yamaha Jubilo. Most had expected the two semifinals to be ...

Oct 25, 2014

Top League set for shorter season

With Japan set to be named the 18th Super Rugby team when the competition is expanded in 2016, the 2015-2016 Top League season will be abbreviated. SANZAR — the body that governs Southern Hemisphere rugby competitions — formally backed Japan’s bid on Friday. As ...

Sep 21, 2014

Kitagawa shines for Panasonic in 100th Top League game

Tomoki Kitagawa marked his 100th Top League game in style Sunday as he crossed four times in Panasonic Wild Knights’ 80-7 thrashing of Munakata Sanix Blues. The flying wing crossed three times in the first half as the defending champions responded to an early ...

Aug 21, 2014

Top League to introduce new officiating system this season

When the Top League kicks off its 12th season on Friday, there will be a slight change in the officiating as the league implements a television match official system. The introduction of a TMO system is intended to bring Japan in line with the ...