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Sungoliath edge Shining Arcs, improve to 2-0

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 ...

Sep 6, 2018

Earthquake forces sports cancellations

A number of sporting events have been postponed or cancelled in the wake of Thursday morning's magnitude 6.7 earthquake in Hokkaido. Friday's scheduled international soccer friendly between Japan and Chile at Sapporo Dome was cancelled. The match was to be Hajime Moriyasu's debut in charge ...

Eagles triumph in Top League opener

Sep 1, 2018

Eagles triumph in Top League opener

The Top League season kicked off Friday night with Canon beating Toshiba 26-20 at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground, the Eagles' first win over the Brave Lupus in six attempts. Eleven points from the boot of Japan flyhalf Yu Tamura, including a drop goal 12 ...

Top League teams upset Super Rugby duo

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 ...

Allister Coetzee hired to lead Top League's Canon Eagles

Mar 9, 2018

Allister Coetzee hired to lead Top League's Canon Eagles

Allister Coetzee will take over as head coach of Canon Eagles, the Japan Top League side announced Friday. The 54-year-old South African ran Kobe Kobelco Steelers during the 2015-2016 season before taking over as head coach of the Springboks in early 2016. Coetzee was relieved ...

Suntory fullback Kotaro Matsushima named Top League MVP

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 ...

Hino Red Dolphins earn promotion to Top League for first time

Jan 20, 2018

Hino Red Dolphins earn promotion to Top League for first time

The NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes were demoted following a 20-17 loss to the Hino Red Dolphins in Saturday's Top League relegation-promotion playoffs. Shigenori Someyama kicked two conversions and two penalties, the final one breaking a 17-17 tie in the 73rd minute that sent the Red ...

Sungoliath beat Wild Knights to claim Top League title

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 ...