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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 ...

Rugby Dec 23, 2018

Dynaboars earn long-awaited Top League return

The Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Sagamihara Dynaboars made the leap into the Top League on Sunday with a 31-7 win in their relegation-promotion game against the Toyota Industries Shuttles on Sunday. Daniel Hawkins kicked 16 points, while Yuderyckenys Thomas, Yoshimitsu Yasue and Matt Vaega scored tries ...

Kobe's Carter named Top League MVP in first season

Rugby Dec 16, 2018

Kobe's Carter named Top League MVP in first season

Dan Carter wrapped up his first season in Japan by claiming the Top League MVP award Sunday. A day after helping his team to the league title, the Kobe Kobelco Steelers playmaker was also named Top Kicker with an 86.2 percent success rate, though he ...

Steelers claim Top League title

Rugby Dec 15, 2018

Steelers claim Top League title

The Kobe Kobelco Steelers claimed their second Japan Rugby Top League title Saturday with a 55-5 drubbing of Suntory Sungoliath at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground. The game also doubled as the All-Japan Championship final and saw Kobe — whose only previous league win came ...

Yamaha coach Katsuyuki Kiyomiya to retire after season

Rugby Dec 11, 2018

Yamaha coach Katsuyuki Kiyomiya to retire after season

Yamaha Jubilo head coach Katsuyuki Kiyomiya said Tuesday he will retire at the end of the Japan Rugby Top League season. "I'm proud of this club. It has grown into a club worthy of pride," Kiyomiya said following training at the team's base in Iwata, ...

Rugby Dec 9, 2018

Blues edge Shuttles to notch first victory of season

Munakata Sanix Blues picked up their first win of the season on the penultimate weekend of Japan Rugby Top League action as they held on to beat Toyota Industries Shuttles 32-31 on Sunday at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground. The victory, on the back of ...