Rich Freeman
Jan 26, 2003
Suntory claims bragging rights as 'last champion'
The 55th and final name to be engraved onto the trophy for the Company Clubs Rugby Football Championship will be that of Suntory following its 38-25 victory over Toshiba Fuchu at Tokyo's National Stadium on Saturday.
Jan 20, 2003
Toshiba, Suntory to contest company clubs final
The 55th and final Company Clubs Rugby Football Championship will be contested between Toshiba Fuchu and Suntory following two tight semifinals on Sunday. At Hanazono Stadium, Osaka, Toshiba beat Ricoh 21-14, while Suntory beat NEC 35-23 at Chichibunomiya Stadium, Tokyo.
Jan 13, 2003
NEC moves into semis after draw
Two New Zealand stalwarts of the rugby scene in Japan saw their hopes of finishing on a high disappear on Sunday as Yamaha bowed out to NEC in the quarterfinals of the 55th Company Clubs Rugby Football Championship. To make matters worse their side didn't even lose but failed to reach the last four by...
Jan 12, 2003
Waseda downs Kanto Gakuin, claims first university championship since 1989
A clear blue sky, a field in immaculate condition bathed in sunshine, a band entertaining the crowd before the game, 50,000 passionate rugby fans and two teams, playing vastly different styles, giving it their all for 85 minutes -- it could easily have been England vs. France at the Park de France in...
Jan 6, 2003
NEC continues comeback while Toyota misses out on Top League
NEC continued its Lazarus-like resurgence in the 55th Company Clubs Rugby Football Championship with a 24-17 win over Ricoh at Tokyo's Chichibunomiya Stadium on Sunday, the victory ensuring NEC finished top of Group C, with Ricoh also qualifying for the quarterfinals as runnerup in the group.
Dec 22, 2002
Secom still alive in run for final 8
Secom kept alive its, albeit slim, hopes of reaching the last eight of the 55th Company Clubs Rugby Football Championship with a 26-19 win over Coca Cola West Japan at a cold, wet and miserable Chichibunomiya Stadium in Tokyo on Saturday.
Japan Times
Dec 15, 2002
Defending champ Suntory rolls over Toyota
The 55th and final Company Clubs Rugby Football Championship reached the national stage on Saturday with the first round of games in the four groups of four.
Dec 3, 2002
Ex-pat rugby teams remember a friend
The two top ex-pat rugby sides in Tokyo, the Tokyo Crusaders and the Yokohama Country and Athletic Club, play one another on Dec. 7 for the MacFadyen Cup at the YCAC's ground in Yamate.
Dec 1, 2002
Suntory bags East Japan rugby title
A rugged workmanlike performance saw defending company and national champion Suntory secure the East Japan Company Championship following a 33-20 win over a determined NEC side at Tokyo's Chichibunomiya Stadium on Saturday.
Oct 11, 2002
Motorists driven round the bend by license laws
In May 2002 the Tokyo District Court rejected a suit by freelance journalist Yu Terasawa in which he claimed 1.2 million yen in compensation for driving license renewal fees.
Japan Times
Aug 26, 2002
Goode performance lifts Sarries over Suntory
An impressive performance from new fly-half Andy Goode helped English Premiership side Saracens beat Suntory Goliath 61-42 at a hot and muggy National Stadium on Sunday night.
Aug 16, 2002
Japanese rugby gears up for professionalism
Jul 30, 2002
Tiger to play in Miyazaki
Tiger Woods will take part in his first stroke-play tournament in Japan in four years when he competes in the Dunlop Phoenix at the Phoenix Country Club, Miyazaki Pref. from Nov. 21-24, organizers announced Monday in Tokyo.
Jul 16, 2002
Japan qualifies for Rugby World Cup finals
SEOUL -- Japan maintained its proud record of having appeared at every Rugby World Cup finals when it beat South Korea 55-17 at Tondaemun Stadium, Seoul on Sunday to ensure it finished top of the Asian qualifying group.
Jul 12, 2002
Japan rugby team needs tougher competition
Japan's rugby players go into Sunday's game with South Korea at Tondaemun Stadium in Seoul knowing that a win will ensure qualification for the 2003 Rugby World Cup finals.
Jul 7, 2002
Japan humbles Taiwan in qualifier, matches record with 155-3 victory
Japan took another step toward qualifying for the 2003 Rugby World Cup with a world-record equaling 155-3 win over Taiwan at National Stadium, Tokyo on Saturday.
Japan Times
Jul 4, 2002
Henry, Horan sing praises of Japanese rugby
The Japan rugby team has, particularly in the last 30 years, had a number of false dawns. The 1970s saw it lose narrowly to England (6-3 in 1971 and 21-19 in 1979); the 1980s saw it lose to Wales 29-24 in 1983 and beat a weakened Scotland team 28-24 in 1989, and in 1999 it beat Samoa 37-34 to win the...
Jun 17, 2002
Japan romps past S. Koreans in crucial World Cup qualifier
The occasion -- a crucial World Cup game. The venue -- National Stadium, Tokyo. The teams -- Japan and South Korea. The result -- a resounding win for Japan.
Jun 7, 2002
Samurais hoping to play Kiwis
The Japan Rugby League announced on Wednesday that it was hoping to stage a test match between the Japanese Samurais and New Zealand in Tokyo in October.
May 28, 2002
Japan's cricketers get a lesson from a master
For those with no knowledge of the game of cricket --imagine a player with Ichiro Suzuki's eye for the ball, speed and throwing arm, throw in Barry Bonds' power and Carl Ripken Jr.'s mental and physical toughness and you will come up with Dean Mervyn Jones. Jones was arguably the most popular cricketer...


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