Gloucester coach Johan Ackermann to take over Red Hurricanes

Rugby May 15, 2020

Gloucester coach Johan Ackermann to take over Red Hurricanes

Gloucester coach Johan Ackermann is leaving the English Premiership club to join Japan Top League side NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes, it was announced on Friday. The 49-year-old South African has spent three years with Gloucester, taking them to the final of the European Challenge Cup ...

Former Suntory boss Keisuke Sawaki to coach Canon Eagles: sources

Rugby Apr 29, 2020

Former Suntory boss Keisuke Sawaki to coach Canon Eagles: sources

Canon Eagles have reached a basic agreement with former Suntory Sungoliath coach Keisuke Sawaki, sources close to the team revealed Wednesday. Sawaki, 45, replaces former Springboks coach Allister Coetzee, who stepped down at the end of the coronavirus-shortened season. A former Japan international who was part ...

Top League cancels remainder of season

Rugby Mar 23, 2020

Top League cancels remainder of season

The Japan Rugby Top League said Monday it has canceled the remainder of the 2019-20 season in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The league, which has been on hiatus since mid-February, said it scrapped plans to resume in April to protect players and fans, as ...

Top League suspends March games over drug arrest

Rugby Mar 9, 2020

Top League suspends March games over drug arrest

The Japan Rugby Top League said Monday it has suspended all matches for the rest of the month following the arrest of a player with the Hino Red Dolphins for alleged illegal drug use. The league said it would use the break to conduct "thorough ...

Rugby Mar 5, 2020

Hino Red Dolphins' Joel Everson arrested on suspicion of drug use

A player for Japan Top League club Hino Red Dolphins has been arrested on suspicion of illegal use of drugs involving cocaine, the Japan Rugby Football Union said Thursday. According to the club, which has announced the indefinite suspension of all team activities, the arrested ...

Top League postpones next two rounds due to coronavirus

Rugby Feb 26, 2020

Top League postpones next two rounds due to coronavirus

The Japan Rugby Football Union said Wednesday it will postpone a total of 16 games across two rounds of the 2020 Top League season due to the growing alarm over the spiraling coronavirus crisis. As the coronavirus outbreak continues to result in canceled events and ...

Steelers hammer Brave Lupus at home to remain unbeaten

Rugby Feb 23, 2020

Steelers hammer Brave Lupus at home to remain unbeaten

The Kobe Kobelco Steelers stayed unbeaten in the Japan Rugby Top League thanks to Sunday's comprehensive 57-0 win over Toshiba Brave Lupus. Todd Blackadder's Brave Lupus came into the game at Universiade Memorial Stadium with just one loss. But they were outplayed in all departments ...