Steelers edge Sungoliath in intense rematch of 2019 final

Rugby Jan 26, 2020

Steelers edge Sungoliath in intense rematch of 2019 final

Dan Carter kicked 15 points as Kobe Kobelco Steelers, the Japan Top League defending champions, won a scintillating rematch with last season's runners-up Suntory Sungoliath 35-29 on Sunday. Tries by Ryohei Yamanaka, Tom Franklin, Fraser Anderson and Richard Buckman allowed the champions to overcome an ...

Rugby Jan 19, 2020

Berrick Barnes leads Black Rams past Blues

Berrick Barnes kicked eight points to lead Ricoh Black Rams past Munakata Sanix Blues 18-16 on Sunday for their first win of the Japan Top League season. The former Wallaby and 2013-2014 Top League MVP for Panasonic Wild Knights opened the scoring with two early ...

Brave Blossoms star Kenki Fukuoka sets sights on Tokyo Olympics

Rugby Jan 19, 2020

Brave Blossoms star Kenki Fukuoka sets sights on Tokyo Olympics

Rugby World Cup star Kenki Fukuoka said Saturday he was relieved to score a try in his final 15s match of the season as he shifts his focus toward this summer's Tokyo Olympics. "I'm happy and relieved," Fukuoka said after his Panasonic Wild Knights defeated ...

Robbie Deans' Wild Knights top Steve Hansen's Verblitz

Rugby Jan 18, 2020

Robbie Deans' Wild Knights top Steve Hansen's Verblitz

Former All Blacks coach Steve Hansen remains winless in the Japan Rugby Top League after his Toyota Verblitz side were beaten 40-20 by Robbie Deans' Panasonic Wild Knights in front of 37,050 at Toyota Stadium on Saturday. Kenki Fukuoka, playing his final 15s game of ...

Top League kicks off in front of big crowds

Rugby Jan 12, 2020

Top League kicks off in front of big crowds

by Rich Freeman

The 2019-2020 Japan Rugby Top League season kicked off Sunday with a plethora of world superstars and Rugby World Cup winners playing in front of big crowds across the nation. The season was pushed back five months to accommodate last year's World Cup and will ...

Kerevi looking forward to family reunion in Japan

Rugby Oct 20, 2019

Kerevi looking forward to family reunion in Japan

by Sean Miyaguchi

Though still feeling the pain of a quarterfinal exit from the Rugby World Cup on Saturday, Australian star Samu Kerevi said he is excited about starting the next phase of his career in Japan's Top League. Following Australia's 40-16 loss to England in Oita, the ...