Wild Knights announce departure of several key players

Rugby Mar 29, 2019

Wild Knights announce departure of several key players

The Panasonic Wild Knights on Friday announced the departure of Japan scrumhalf Fumiaki Tanaka and winger Akihito Yamada from the Top League club. In a major personnel shakeup for the Ota, Gunma Prefecture-based Wild Knights, Australian flyhalf Berrick Barnes, a two-time Top League MVP, will ...

Akihito Yamada returns to Japan lineup for clash with England

Rugby Nov 16, 2018

Akihito Yamada returns to Japan lineup for clash with England

Experienced winger Akihito Yamada returns to the Japan team to face England at Twickenham on Saturday as one of eight changes from the side beaten by New Zealand two weeks ago. The 33-year-old Yamada, one of the survivors of the 2015 World Cup upset win ...

Rebels stick it to Sunwolves

Rugby Mar 3, 2018

Rebels stick it to Sunwolves

by Andrew McKirdy

The Sunwolves fell to their second defeat of the Super Rugby season on Saturday after collapsing early in the second half in a 37-17 loss to Australia's Rebels. The Sunwolves went into the game at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground looking for their first win ...

More Sports / Rugby Oct 2, 2017

Sunwolves bring back Akihito Yamada for new season

Wing Akihito Yamada will be back among the Sunwolves next season, Japan's Super Rugby franchise announced Monday, when it named the first five players to the 2018 team. Yamada, who scored nine tries in the Sunwolves' 2016 debut season, took time off this year from ...

Unbeaten Wild Knights trounce Verblitz

More Sports / Rugby Sep 23, 2017

Unbeaten Wild Knights trounce Verblitz

The Panasonic Wild Knights made it five straight bonus-point wins to start the Japan Rugby Top League season Saturday, beating the Toyota Verblitz 43-16 at Kumagaya Sports Stadium. Robbie Deans' side was made to work hard by Jake White's team, for whom Lionel Cronje and ...

Wild Knights hammer Eagles

More Sports / Rugby Aug 26, 2017

Wild Knights hammer Eagles

The Panasonic Wild Knights maintained their perfect start to the new Japan Rugby Top League season Saturday, beating the Canon Eagles 43-8 at Kumagaya Athletic Stadium. Digby Ioane and Akihito Yamada each picked up a brace of five-pointers and Kenki Fukuoka and Takuya Yamasawa also ...

Ireland routs Japan for sweep

More Sports / Rugby Jun 24, 2017

Ireland routs Japan for sweep

by Andrew McKirdy

Ireland beat Japan 35-13 on Saturday to sweep their two-game series despite a rousing second-half performance by the 2019 Rugby World Cup hosts. Ireland thrashed Japan 50-22 in the opening game in Shizuoka the previous weekend and the visitors wasted little time in establishing their ...

More Sports / Rugby Jun 15, 2017

Brave Blossoms make lineup changes for Ireland match

Japan heads into its first test with Ireland showing five changes and one positional switch from the team that started last week's 33-21 win over Romania. Head coach Jamie Joseph named his 23-man squad Thursday for Saturday's game at Shizuoka's Ecopa Stadium following a week ...

More Sports / Rugby Jun 12, 2017

Tatekawa, Yamada ruled out of first test with Ireland

Japan has suffered a double injury blow with Kubota Spears center Harumichi Tatekawa and Panasonic Wild Knights wing Akihito Yamada dropping out of the national squad ahead of the two-test series with Ireland. Tatekawa, who is co-captain of the squad along with Panasonic hooker Shota ...

Tomooka says young athletes should play different sports

Sports Jan 22, 2017

Tomooka says young athletes should play different sports

by Kaz Nagatsuka

The term "strength and conditioning" in sports is relatively unknown in Japan, and specialty coaches are often confused with athletic trainers, who are skilled in prevention, evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. Strength and conditioning is a method of improving your physical athletic ability ...