Rugby Aug 30, 2019

Top League season to begin on Jan. 12

The Japan Rugby Top League's first season after Japan hosts this year's Rugby World Cup will begin on Jan. 12, the league announced Friday. All 16 teams will play each opponent once in a round-robin format with the league championship handed to the points leader ...

Steelers claim Top League title

Rugby Dec 15, 2018

Steelers claim Top League title

The Kobe Kobelco Steelers claimed their second Japan Rugby Top League title Saturday with a 55-5 drubbing of Suntory Sungoliath at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground. The game also doubled as the All-Japan Championship final and saw Kobe — whose only previous league win came ...

Yamaha coach Katsuyuki Kiyomiya to retire after season

Rugby Dec 11, 2018

Yamaha coach Katsuyuki Kiyomiya to retire after season

Yamaha Jubilo head coach Katsuyuki Kiyomiya said Tuesday he will retire at the end of the Japan Rugby Top League season. "I'm proud of this club. It has grown into a club worthy of pride," Kiyomiya said following training at the team's base in Iwata, ...

Sungoliath, Steelers advance to Top League final

Rugby Dec 8, 2018

Sungoliath, Steelers advance to Top League final

Matt Giteau's Suntory Sungoliath and Dan Carter's Kobe Kobelco Steelers will play for the Japan Rugby Top League crown after winning their respective semifinals Saturday in Tokyo and Osaka. Giteau kicked a 42-meter penalty in the fifth minute of sudden-death extra time — just the ...

Suntory, Yamaha move on to Top League semifinals

Rugby Dec 1, 2018

Suntory, Yamaha move on to Top League semifinals

Suntory Sungoliath will play Yamaha Jubilo for a spot in the Japan Rugby Top League final after both sides won hard-fought quarterfinals on Saturday. Suntory held on by the skin of its teeth to beat the Kubota Spears 28-26 at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground, ...

Rugby Oct 6, 2018

Panasonic pounds Honda, moves closer to clinching playoff berth

The Panasonic Wild Knights maintained their unbeaten run in the Japan Rugby Top League with a 41-12 victory over the Honda Heat on Saturday at Nishikyogoku Athletic Stadium. Veteran scrumhalf Fumiaki Tanaka was at the heart of the Panasonic effort, forcing a number of turnovers ...

Wild Knights, Sungoliath secure spots in Top League final

Rugby Jan 6, 2018

Wild Knights, Sungoliath secure spots in Top League final

The Panasonic Wild Knights and Suntory Sungoliath will face off in the Japan Rugby Top League final following two contrasting semifinals Saturday at Yanmar Stadium Nagai. Panasonic, which finished the regular season unbeaten and atop the White Conference, beat Toyota Verblitz 17-11, while defending champion ...

Sungoliath trounce Green Rockets and clinch playoff spot

Rugby Dec 9, 2017

Sungoliath trounce Green Rockets and clinch playoff spot

The Suntory Sungoliath booked themselves a spot in the playoffs to determine the Japan Rugby Top League champions on Saturday thanks to a 28-13 win over the NEC Green Rockets. The victory at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground means Keisuke Sawaki's team cannot finish outside ...