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NTT Communications snatches final playoff spot

Rugby Oct 20, 2018

NTT Communications snatches final playoff spot

The NTT Communications Shining Arcs survived some nerve-racking moments Saturday to grab the eighth and final spot in the playoffs to determine the Japan Rugby Top League champions. Having overcome a stuttering start, a last-minute try from Rahboni Warren-Vosayaco guaranteed the Shining Arcs a bonus ...

Seven squads secure playoff berths on pivotal day in Top League

Rugby Oct 13, 2018

Seven squads secure playoff berths on pivotal day in Top League

Seven teams confirmed their places in the playoffs to determine the Japan Rugby Top League champion Saturday as the pool stage reached its penultimate round. Yamaha Jubilo, the Panasonic Wild Knights, Ricoh Black Rams and Kubota Spears will all progress from the White Conference, while ...

Sungoliath edge Shining Arcs, improve to 2-0

Rugby 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 ...

General 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

Rugby 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

Rugby 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

Rugby 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

Rugby 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 ...