The Japan Rugby Football Union hopes a larger first division will result in higher-quality matches when the new league kicks off in January 2022.
On Tuesday, the JFRU said 24 players and staff at Canon Eagles, 13 from Toyota Verblitz, and seven from Suntory Sungoliath tested positive in preseason screening.
The JRFU said a total of 44 players and staff tested positive for the virus, including 24 from Canon Eagles, 13 from Toyota Verblitz, and seven from Suntory Sungoliath.
England's Rugby Football Union has expressed concerns over whether the organizers of the women's Six Nations can successfully stage the tournament amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Several women's Six Nations fixtures were canceled last year due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, with England the only team ...