Rugby May 1, 2019

Sam Whitelock signs new deal with All Blacks

Veteran lock Sam Whitelock has signed a new four-year contract with New Zealand Rugby, with a clause which will allow him to play for a season in Japan while still being selected for the All Blacks. The deal marks a departure from New Zealand's long-standing ...

Scrumhalf Fumiaki Tanaka brings veteran leadership to Canon Eagles

Rugby Apr 4, 2019

Scrumhalf Fumiaki Tanaka brings veteran leadership to Canon Eagles

Veteran Japan scrumhalf Fumiaki Tanaka has joined the Canon Eagles for the upcoming Top League season, the club announced Thursday. The 34-year-old, who plays Super Rugby for the Tokyo-based Sunwolves, recently departed the Panasonic Wild Knights, with whom he had spent his entire Top League ...

Rugby Apr 1, 2019

Ryan Crotty to leave All Blacks for Japan after World Cup

All Blacks center Ryan Crotty announced Monday he will end his international career after this year's World Cup and play club rugby in Japan. Crotty, who will turn 31 during the tournament, said that after 11 years with the Canterbury Crusaders Super Rugby club it ...

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 ...

Rugby Mar 6, 2019

Shining Arcs coach Rob Penney steps down after five seasons

NTT Communications Shining Arcs said Wednesday that Rob Penney will step down from his role as head coach after five seasons with the Japan Rugby Top League team. The 54-year-old from New Zealand took the reins in 2014 and led the side to fifth place ...

Clermont routs Top League All-Stars in charity match

Rugby Feb 2, 2019

Clermont routs Top League All-Stars in charity match

A select team from Japan's Top League lost to French Top 14 side Clermont Auvergne 50-29 on Saturday. The charity match at Gifu Memorial Center Nagaragawa Stadium raised funds for community reconstruction from natural disasters in Japan, including the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in ...

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 ...

Japan hooker Shota Horie focused on rehab following foot surgery

Rugby Jan 10, 2019

Japan hooker Shota Horie focused on rehab following foot surgery

Japan hooker Shota Horie said Thursday he underwent surgery on his right foot in November to treat a stress fracture. Horie, who plays for the Top League's Panasonic Wild Knights, is expected to return to the field by this autumn's Rugby World Cup, having been ...