Sam Whitelock, Damien de Allende headline exodus from Panasonic

Rugby Jun 30, 2020

Sam Whitelock, Damien de Allende headline exodus from Panasonic

The Panasonic Wild Knights officially bid farewell Monday to veteran New Zealand lock Sam Whitelock and South African center Damien de Allende as part of an exodus of overseas players from the Japan Rugby Top League club. Whitelock, a World Cup winner in 2011 and ...

Wild Knights maintain perfect record in Top League

Rugby Feb 15, 2020

Wild Knights maintain perfect record in Top League

A late brace by substitute Taiki Koyama earned the Panasonic Wild Knights their fifth bonus-point win of the season, a 46-27 victory over the Toshiba Brave Lupus on Saturday. The late charge at Kumagaya Sports and Culture Park, enabled by a steady stream of defensive ...

Wild Knights, Brave Lupus stay unbeaten

Rugby Jan 25, 2020

Wild Knights, Brave Lupus stay unbeaten

The Panasonic Wild Knights and Toshiba Brave Lupus maintained their unbeaten starts to the Japan Rugby Top League season on Saturday with wins over the Mitsubishi Sagamihara Dynaboars and Honda Heat, respectively. Panasonic made it three bonus-point wins from as many games as it thrashed ...

Brave Blossoms star Kenki Fukuoka sets sights on Tokyo Olympics

Rugby Jan 19, 2020

Brave Blossoms star Kenki Fukuoka sets sights on Tokyo Olympics

Rugby World Cup star Kenki Fukuoka said Saturday he was relieved to score a try in his final 15s match of the season as he shifts his focus toward this summer's Tokyo Olympics. "I'm happy and relieved," Fukuoka said after his Panasonic Wild Knights defeated ...

Robbie Deans' Wild Knights top Steve Hansen's Verblitz

Rugby Jan 18, 2020

Robbie Deans' Wild Knights top Steve Hansen's Verblitz

Former All Blacks coach Steve Hansen remains winless in the Japan Rugby Top League after his Toyota Verblitz side were beaten 40-20 by Robbie Deans' Panasonic Wild Knights in front of 37,050 at Toyota Stadium on Saturday. Kenki Fukuoka, playing his final 15s game of ...

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 ...