• Kyodo


Seven teams confirmed their places in the playoffs to determine the Japan Rugby Top League champion Saturday as the pool stage reached its penultimate round.

Yamaha Jubilo, the Panasonic Wild Knights, Ricoh Black Rams and Kubota Spears will all progress from the White Conference, while the Kobe Kobelco Steelers, Toyota Verblitz and Suntory Sungoliath made sure they cannot finish outside the top four in the Red Conference.

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