Wallabies trio heading to Top League

Rugby Jul 12, 2019

Wallabies trio heading to Top League

Wallabies flyhalf Bernard Foley said Friday he was leaving the NSW Waratahs to head overseas, reportedly joining Quade Cooper and a retiring Will Genia in accepting a lucrative Top League club contract. Foley, a 68-test veteran who is part of Australia's squad for the 2019 ...

Rugby Jul 3, 2019

JRFU asks teams to interview players following recent drug arrests

The Japan Rugby Football Union on Wednesday requested all teams in the country's Top League interview their players following the arrests last month of two Toyota Verblitz members on suspicion of possessing cocaine. At a meeting in Tokyo, the sport's governing body asked representatives from ...

Verblitz flyhalf Ryota Kabashima arrested on cocaine charge

Rugby Jun 20, 2019

Verblitz flyhalf Ryota Kabashima arrested on cocaine charge

Toyota Verblitz flyhalf Ryota Kabashima was arrested Thursday on suspicion of possessing cocaine, police said, and the team has pulled out of the upcoming Top League Cup as a consequence. The 28-year-old Kabashima, also an employee of Toyota Motor Corp., is suspected of violating ...

Veteran coaches worry about future of Japanese rugby

Rugby May 31, 2019

Veteran coaches worry about future of Japanese rugby

by Rich Freeman

Two leading coaches believe the Japan Rugby Football Union does not understand just how much of an impact this year's Rugby World Cup will have and say the policies currently in place will see rugby here suffer greatly following the tournament. Jake White, who led ...

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 ...