More Sports / Rugby Aug 27, 2016

Yamaha wins Top League opener

Yamaha Jubilo exposed a huge chink in defending champion Panasonic Wild Knights' armor Friday night as the new Top League season got underway at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground. The Yamaha pack demolished the Panasonic scrum and the dominance up front laid the foundations for ...

Panasonic still team to beat in revamped Top League

More Sports / Rugby Aug 24, 2016

Panasonic still team to beat in revamped Top League

With Japan once again the darling of world rugby, thanks to the exploits of the sevens team at the Rio Olympics, attention now shifts to the 15-a-side version of the game with the Top League kicking off Friday. While the players and coaches have been ...

Horie named Top League season MVP

More Sports / Rugby Jan 25, 2016

Horie named Top League season MVP

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Shota Horie of the Panasonic Wild Knights was on Monday selected as the best player of the 2015-16 Top League season in Japanese rugby's banner year. The 30-year-old hooker, who helped Panasonic win its third straight championship with a 27-26 victory over the Toshiba Brave ...

Panasonic captures Top League title

More Sports / Rugby Jan 24, 2016

Panasonic captures Top League title

by Andrew McKirdy

Panasonic Wild Knights survived an almighty late scare to become Top League champions for the third straight season after beating Toshiba Brave Lupus 27-26 in Sunday's LIXIL Cup final. South African winger JP Pietersen looked to have put the Wild Knights home and dry at ...

Panasonic, Toshiba reach Top League final

More Sports / Rugby Jan 16, 2016

Panasonic, Toshiba reach Top League final

by Rich Freeman

The Top League winners' pennant will fly over a familiar training ground from the week after next after three-time champions Panasonic Wild Knights and five-time league winners Toshiba Brave Lupus advanced to the LIXIL Cup final. Two-time defending champion Panasonic beat Kobe Kobelco Steelers 42-10 ...

Wild Knights open playoffs in style

More Sports / Rugby Jan 9, 2016

Wild Knights open playoffs in style

by Rich Freeman

Panasonic Wild Knights remained on course for a third straight Top League title Saturday as they beat Canon Eagles 46-6 in the opening round of the LIXIL Cup, the playoff tournament to determine the league champions. Panasonic coach Robbie Deans' team ran in four tries ...

More Sports / Rugby Sep 21, 2014

Kitagawa shines for Panasonic in 100th Top League game

Tomoki Kitagawa marked his 100th Top League game in style Sunday as he crossed four times in Panasonic Wild Knights' 80-7 thrashing of Munakata Sanix Blues. The flying wing crossed three times in the first half as the defending champions responded to an early Sanix ...