More Sports / Rugby Feb 12, 2017

Crusaders end Panasonic's run in Brisbane

The Panasonic Wild Knights' run at the Brisbane Global Rugby Tens came to an end in the quarterfinals Sunday with a 12-7 loss to the Crusaders, who went on to finish second. On another sweltering day at Suncorp Stadium, the Wild Knights found out — ...

More Sports / Rugby Feb 2, 2017

Wild Knights acquire Teikyo University's Matsuda

Days after coming up short in the national championship, the Top League's Panasonic Wild Knights bolstered their roster with the addition of Teikyo University star Rikiya Matsuda. The 22-year-old back made his debut for Japan last summer against Canada and followed that by appearing in ...

Suntory beats Panasonic in cup final to secure double

More Sports / Rugby Jan 29, 2017

Suntory beats Panasonic in cup final to secure double

Suntory Sungoliath completed the league and cup double on Sunday as they beat Panasonic Wild Knights 15-10 in a pulsating All-Japan Championship final. In front of a full house of 20,196 at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground, five penalties from Kosei Ono saw Keisuke Sawaki's ...

Sungoliath, Wild Knights reach All-Japan Championship final

More Sports / Rugby Jan 21, 2017

Sungoliath, Wild Knights reach All-Japan Championship final

The 54th All-Japan Championship final will feature a matchup between two of rugby's greatest-ever back-row forwards following Saturday's semifinals at Hanazono Rugby Ground. George Smith's Suntory Sungoliath remained on track for the league and cup double as they beat Teikyo University 54-29, while David Pocock's ...

Sungoliath, Jubilo keep unbeaten records intact

More Sports / Rugby Dec 10, 2016

Sungoliath, Jubilo keep unbeaten records intact

Suntory Sungoliath and Yamaha Jubilo remain on course for a Christmas Eve showdown as they both won Saturday to remain unbeaten in the Top League. Suntory overcame a poor start to top Coca-Cola Red Sparks 48-12 at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground, while Yamaha downed ...

Kitagawa bags 100th Top League try in Panasonic win

More Sports / Rugby Dec 4, 2016

Kitagawa bags 100th Top League try in Panasonic win

Tomoki Kitagawa became just the second player to score 100 Top League tries Sunday as Panasonic Wild Knights overcame a controversial red card to beat Kubota Spears 34-25. Kitagawa's try came in the 54th minute of the game at Ota Sports Park 10 minutes after ...

Wild Knights use experience to take down Red Sparks

More Sports / Rugby Oct 16, 2016

Wild Knights use experience to take down Red Sparks

It was "30-something" day at Kumagaya Sports and Culture Park on Sunday as Panasonic Wild Knights topped Coca-Cola Red Sparks 45-12 in the Japan Rugby Top League. The pregame talk had been about the up-and-coming and future Brave Blossoms on display such as Kenki Fukuoka, ...

Suntory whips Panasonic in Top League showdown

More Sports / Rugby Sep 17, 2016

Suntory whips Panasonic in Top League showdown

Panasonic Wild Knights' hopes of making it four straight Top League titles took a big hit Saturday at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground as they fell to their second defeat of the season. Another poor day in the tight by the Panasonic pack was exploited ...