Dynaboars hang on to make history with first Top League victory

Rugby Feb 16, 2020

Dynaboars hang on to make history with first Top League victory

Heiden Bedwell-Curtis' second-half try lifted Mitsubishi Sagamihara Dynaboars to the franchise's first Japan Top League victory, a 21-14 win over the NEC Green Rockets on Sunday. The loss on a rainy day before 3,536 at Sagamihara Gion Stadium, dropped NEC into last place in the ...

Suntory Sungoliath pound winless NEC Green Rockets

Rugby Feb 1, 2020

Suntory Sungoliath pound winless NEC Green Rockets

A hat trick of tries from man-of-the-match Tevita Li lifted Suntory Sungoliath to a 40-14 bonus-point victory over the winless NEC Green Rockets on Saturday. The 24-year-old wing from New Zealand opened the scoring in each half, crossing the chalk in the fifth minute and ...

Rugby Jan 28, 2019

Green Rockets head coach Peter Russell steps down

NEC Green Rockets said Monday that Peter Russell will step down from his role as head coach of the Chiba-based Japan Rugby Top League club after three seasons. The 56-year-old has signed a two-year deal with the option of a third with Mitre 10 Cup ...

Top League teams upset Super Rugby duo

Rugby Jun 17, 2018

Top League teams upset Super Rugby duo

The Top League claimed an impressive double scalp over Super Rugby on Sunday as NEC Green Rockets and Suntory Sungoliath beat the Waratahs and Brumbies, respectively, at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground. Two tries from Rio Olympian Teruya Goto and a key defensive play from ...

Ryuta Iiyama sparks Green Rockets in victory over Eagles

Rugby Dec 16, 2017

Ryuta Iiyama sparks Green Rockets in victory over Eagles

Two tries from debutant Ryuta Iiyama helped the NEC Green Rockets beat the Canon Eagles 25-20 in the Japan Rugby Top League on Saturday at Nippatsu Mitsuzawa Stadium. The victory sees NEC remain in fourth place in the White Conference, five points ahead of Canon ...

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 ...

More Sports / Rugby Sep 29, 2017

Black Rams top Green Rockets in Top League tilt

Ricoh Black Rams picked up their fourth win of the Japan Rugby Top League season Friday night as they beat NEC Green Rockets 29-3. Genki Hasegawa bagged a brace of tries for the Black Rams, whose all around game proved too strong for NEC in ...

Toshiba storms past NEC in weather-delayed match

More Sports / Rugby Aug 19, 2017

Toshiba storms past NEC in weather-delayed match

The Toshiba Brave Lupus juggernaut took the first step toward getting back on track as they opened their new Japan Rugby Top League season Saturday with a 20-0 win over the NEC Green Rockets. To do so, however, Toshiba had to withstand a rare delay ...

More Sports / Rugby Oct 29, 2016

Green Rockets outplay Steelers in Top League clash

The Kobe Kobelco Steelers missed out on a golden opportunity to keep pace with the Top League leaders on Saturday, losing 38-24 to the NEC Green Rockets. The inaugural Top League champions (in the 2003-04 campaign) came into this Round 9 game at Prince Chichibu ...

More Sports / Rugby Sep 10, 2016

Ross guides NTT Communications past NEC

Isaac Ross may not have played for his country since 2009 but he showed Friday just why New Zealand is revered as the best rugby nursery in the world and the All Blacks one of the most successful teams in sports. The NTT Communications Shining ...