/ May 8, 2017

Suntory to open Top League title defense against Canon

Reigning champions Suntory Sungoliath will kick off the 2017-18 Top League season against Canon Eagles on Aug. 18, the Japan Rugby Football Union announced Monday. Suntory, which won the league and cup double last season after also securing the All-Japan Championship, begins its campaign ...

/ 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 ...

/ 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 ...

/ 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 ...