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Seven squads secure playoff berths on pivotal day in Top League

Rugby Oct 13, 2018

Seven squads secure playoff berths on pivotal day in Top League

Seven teams confirmed their places in the playoffs to determine the Japan Rugby Top League champion Saturday as the pool stage reached its penultimate round. Yamaha Jubilo, the Panasonic Wild Knights, Ricoh Black Rams and Kubota Spears will all progress from the White Conference, while ...

Sungoliath edge Shining Arcs, improve to 2-0

Rugby Sep 7, 2018

Sungoliath edge Shining Arcs, improve to 2-0

Two-time defending Top League champion Suntory Sungoliath beat NTT Communications Shining Arcs 20-18 Friday at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground to make it two straight wins to start the new season. But for the second week running the champs were forced to dig very deep ...

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 ...

Rugby Feb 1, 2018

Sungoliath cut George Smith after alleged assault

Australian rugby legend George Smith will no longer play for Suntory Sungoliath after the club said Thursday it had canceled the player's contract for his alleged assault of a taxi driver late last year. The 37-year-old flanker was arrested on Dec. 31 on suspicion of ...

Suntory fullback Kotaro Matsushima named Top League MVP

Rugby Jan 21, 2018

Suntory fullback Kotaro Matsushima named Top League MVP

Suntory Sungoliath fullback Kotaro Matsushima won the Japan Rugby Top League's Most Valuable Player Award on Sunday. "I'm so happy to receive this award. Being picked when there are so many outstanding players is an honor," said the 24-year-old Matsushima, whose club recently won its ...

Sungoliath beat Wild Knights to claim Top League title

Rugby Jan 13, 2018

Sungoliath beat Wild Knights to claim Top League title

Suntory Sungoliath were crowned Top League champions for the fifth time on Saturday thanks to a 12-8 win over Panasonic Wild Knights at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground. "That was the best we have played all season," said Suntory coach Keisuke Sawaki, whose side not ...

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 ...

Suntory ends Toshiba's Top League title hopes

Rugby Dec 24, 2017

Suntory ends Toshiba's Top League title hopes

Suntory Sungoliath showed no seasonal goodwill to local rival Toshiba Brave Lupus on Sunday as they won the Fuchu derby 28-24 at Ajinomoto Stadium. The result ensured Toshiba could not finish in the top two of the Red Conference in the Japan Rugby Top League, ...

Suntory clinches first place in Top League's Red Conference

Rugby Dec 17, 2017

Suntory clinches first place in Top League's Red Conference

Suntory Sungoliath ensured they will top the Japan Rugby Top League's Red Conference when the regular season comes to an end next weekend after they beat Kobe Kobelco Steelers 24-7 on Sunday at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground. Wallabies back-row forward Sean McMahon marked his ...