Suntory whips Panasonic in Top League showdown

Sep 17, 2016

Suntory whips Panasonic in Top League showdown

Panasonic Wild Knights’ hopes of making it four straight Top League titles took a big hit Saturday at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground as they fell to their second defeat of the season. Another poor day in the tight by the Panasonic pack was ...

Sep 10, 2016

Ross guides NTT Communications past NEC

Isaac Ross may not have played for his country since 2009 but he showed Friday just why New Zealand is revered as the best rugby nursery in the world and the All Blacks one of the most successful teams in sports. The NTT Communications ...

Sep 4, 2016

Verblitz overpower Spears in Top League

Masakatsu Hikosaka scored a brace of tries as Toyota Verblitz beat Kubota Spears 27-10 in the Top League on Sunday. Playing at Sapporo’s Tsukisamu Stadium, Verblitz took the early lead on a seventh-minute Takaya Monji penalty, but South African Grant Hattingh dove over to ...

Suntory whips Honda in front of former Japan coach Jones

Sep 3, 2016

Suntory whips Honda in front of former Japan coach Jones

There was a familiar face at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground on Saturday as Eddie Jones watched his old club Suntory Sungoliath beat Honda Heat 50-0 for their second straight win of the new Top League season. The current England coach, who has a ...

Aug 28, 2016

Toshiba hangs on to open Top League season with win

Toshiba Brave Lupus hung on by their skin of their teeth to open their 2016-17 Top League campaign with a 22-19 win over Kubota Spears on Saturday night. Last season’s runners-up seemed to have the game sewn up when Keisuke Masuda went over in ...

Aug 27, 2016

Yamaha wins Top League opener

Yamaha Jubilo exposed a huge chink in defending champion Panasonic Wild Knights’ armor Friday night as the new Top League season got underway at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground. The Yamaha pack demolished the Panasonic scrum and the dominance up front laid the foundations ...

Panasonic still team to beat in revamped Top League

Aug 24, 2016

Panasonic still team to beat in revamped Top League

With Japan once again the darling of world rugby, thanks to the exploits of the sevens team at the Rio Olympics, attention now shifts to the 15-a-side version of the game with the Top League kicking off Friday. While the players and coaches have ...

Aug 19, 2016

Japan to add second-tier rugby league in 2017

An eight-team second-tier league below the Top League will begin from the 2017-18 season, the Japan Rugby Football Union announced Friday. The top two teams from each of Japan’s three provincial leagues — Top East, Top West, and Top Kyushu this upcoming season will ...

Jun 30, 2016

Ex-All Blacks winger Jane joins Toshiba Brave Lupus

Former All Blacks winger Cory Jane has signed a two-year contract with theTop League’s Toshiba Brave Lupus, though he will return to play for the Wellington Hurricanes next year, his Super Rugby franchise said on Thursday. Jane will head to Japan at the conclusion ...

May 31, 2016

Japanese rugby players association established

The Japanese rugby players association was launched on Tuesday, with president Toshiaki Hirose saying he was confident it would improve the Japanese game. “I want to work with the firm belief the players association is an organization that will improve Japanese rugby,” said former ...

May 26, 2016

JRFU alters rugby national championship format

The top three teams in the Top League and the winner of the university championship will compete under a tournament format at the rugby national championship in January next year, the Japan Rugby Football Union said Thursday. The Top League champions will play the ...

May 19, 2016

Top League to change bonus point system, foreign player limit

Japan Top League teams will be able to play more foreign-born players this autumn, the league said Thursday, when it announced several changes to the competition ahead of the 2016-2017 season. Until now teams were able to have up to three foreign-born players on ...