Nov 28, 2015

Goromaru guides Yamaha Jubilo past NEC Green Rockets

Last season’s All-Japan Championship winners Yamaha Jubilo remained unbeaten in the 2015-16 Top League on Saturday thanks to a 39-19 win over NEC Green Rockets. Ayumu Goromaru scored one of Yamaha’s five tries and added four conversions and two penalty goals as Katsuyuki Kiyomiya’s ...

Rugby World Cup hero Tanaka slams JRFU for lack of effort

Nov 21, 2015

Rugby World Cup hero Tanaka slams JRFU for lack of effort

Panasonic Wild Knights and Japan scrumhalf Fumiaki Tanaka said Saturday that the Japan Rugby Football Union lacks the necessary zeal to capitalize on this year’s success at the Rugby World Cup. The Kyoto native was given a special sports award from the city of ...

Nov 14, 2015

Goromaru passes 1,000-point milestone

On the day Brave Blossoms pinup boy Ayumu Goromaru became just the second player after Ryan Nicholas to pass 1,000 Top League points, Japan captain Michael Leitch took just seven minutes to pick up his first five-pointer of the new season. Leitch, who was ...

Springbok Pietersen hails 'mind-opening' Japan experience

Oct 15, 2015

Springbok Pietersen hails 'mind-opening' Japan experience

Springbok wing JP Pietersen is convinced playing in Japan “opened my mind,” though it may not have prepared him for the biggest Rugby World Cup shock ever. The 29-year-old, who steps up his quest for a second World Cup title against Wales in a ...

Folau, Etzebeth sign with Top League's Red Hurricanes

Jul 1, 2015

Folau, Etzebeth sign with Top League's Red Hurricanes

While the Japan Super Rugby franchise is struggling to get any players to commit to it, the Top League sides are having no such problems. On Wednesday, NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes confirmed that Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth and Wallaby fullback Israel Folau had both ...

Jun 5, 2015

Ex-All Black Collins, 34, killed in crash

Former New Zealand rugby international Jerry Collins was killed Friday along with his wife when a bus crashed into their car in southern France, local officials said. Collins, 34, who was capped 48 times for the All Blacks, was near the town of Beziers ...

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 ...