Sungoliath rally past Jubilo

/ Sep 2, 2017

Sungoliath rally past Jubilo

Defending Top League champion Suntory Sungoliath showed they are not giving their title up without a fight Saturday, rallying to beat Yamaha Jubilo 27-24 at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground. A try after the hooter from Kosei Ono from a quickly taken penalty by Atsushi ...

Wild Knights hammer Eagles

/ Aug 26, 2017

Wild Knights hammer Eagles

The Panasonic Wild Knights maintained their perfect start to the new Japan Rugby Top League season Saturday, beating the Canon Eagles 43-8 at Kumagaya Athletic Stadium. Digby Ioane and Akihito Yamada each picked up a brace of five-pointers and Kenki Fukuoka and Takuya Yamasawa also ...

Toshiba storms past NEC in weather-delayed match

/ Aug 19, 2017

Toshiba storms past NEC in weather-delayed match

The Toshiba Brave Lupus juggernaut took the first step toward getting back on track as they opened their new Japan Rugby Top League season Saturday with a 20-0 win over the NEC Green Rockets. To do so, however, Toshiba had to withstand a rare delay ...

Top League returns with new format

/ Aug 17, 2017

Top League returns with new format

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The new Japan Rugby Top League season kicks off Friday with five games being played across the country. Defending champion Suntory Sungoliath open their campaign against the Canon Eagles with fans, players and coaches alike forced to get used to yet another new format. This season, ...

Waratahs capitalize on Suntory's missed opportunity

/ Jun 11, 2017

Waratahs capitalize on Suntory's missed opportunity

The speed of Cam Clark proved to be the difference Sunday as Sydney-based Super Rugby side Waratahs beat Top League champions Suntory Sungoliath 21-19 at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground. Though to be fair, the Waratahs wing was also helped by the laborious kicking routine ...

/ Jun 8, 2017

Toyota Verblitz acquire former Springboks Smith, Aplon

The Toyota Verblitz increased their South African presence Thursday with the signing of four new players. New head coach Jake White, who led the Springboks to victory at the 2007 Rugby World Cup, has acquired the services of Bulls lock Jason Jenkins, Southern Kings flyhalf ...

Rugby hero Goromaru returning to Yamaha

/ Jun 5, 2017

Rugby hero Goromaru returning to Yamaha

Japan's 2015 Rugby World Cup hero Ayumu Goromaru is rejoining his old side Yamaha Jubilo after a year-and-a-half playing in Australia and France, the fullback revealed Monday on his website. The 31-year-old had an option to extend his deal in Toulon by a further year ...

/ Jun 1, 2017

Sunwolves' Quirk joins Canon

The Canon Eagles have signed Sunwolves co-captain Ed Quirk for the new Top League season starting in August, the side announced Thursday. The 25-year-old Australian, who played for the Reds between 2010 and 2015, is predominantly a flanker and has a total of 54 Super ...

/ May 8, 2017

Suntory to open Top League title defense against Canon

Reigning champions Suntory Sungoliath will kick off the 2017-18 Top League season against Canon Eagles on Aug. 18, the Japan Rugby Football Union announced Monday. Suntory, which won the league and cup double last season after also securing the All-Japan Championship, begins its campaign at ...