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TOP LEAGUE

Japan Times
Rugby
Sep 5, 2020
Can Japan make the most of its Rugby World Cup legacy?
One year after the global tournament kicked off, the impact of COVID-19 is hampering efforts to build on the hugely successful event.
Japan Times
Rugby
Jul 31, 2020
Former All Blacks Ben Smith, Aaron Cruden bound for Steelers
Former All Blacks Ben Smith and Aaron Cruden will join the Kobe Kobelco Steelers in the Japan Rugby Top League next season, the club announced Friday.
Japan Times
Rugby
Jul 23, 2020
Scottish scrumhalf Greig Laidlaw looking forward to challenge of playing in Japan
The 34-year-old was officially introduced to Japanese rugby in an online news conference held by his new club, the NTT Communications ShiningArcs.
Japan Times
Rugby
Jul 19, 2020
JRFU executive pushes for Top League sides' inclusion in new Southern Hemisphere tournament
If Japan's national rugby team is to grow stronger in the long term, the country's top clubs must compete against the best from the Southern Hemisphere, according to Japan Rugby Football Union Director Yuichiro Fujii.
Japan Times
Rugby
Jul 6, 2020
Former Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw to join Shining Arcs
Former Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw will play for the NTT Communications Shining Arcs next season, the Japan Rugby Top League club said Monday.
Japan Times
Rugby
Jun 30, 2020
Sam Whitelock, Damien de Allende headline exodus from Panasonic
The Panasonic Wild Knights officially bid farewell Monday to veteran New Zealand lock Sam Whitelock and South African center Damien de Allende as part of an exodus of overseas players from the Japan Rugby Top League club.
Japan Times
Rugby
Jun 15, 2020
Rugby World Cup star Kenki Fukuoka gives up Olympic aspirations for career in medicine
Kenki Fukuoka will continue to play in the Top League while studying to enter medical school.
Japan Times
Rugby / ADDING THE EXTRAS
May 29, 2020
Top League welcomes influx of talent from northern hemisphere
Japanese rugby will be as diverse as ever following strong efforts by local clubs to sign top-tier international players.
Japan Times
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.
Japan Times
Rugby
Apr 24, 2020
Former Wallaby, Top League MVP Berrick Barnes announces retirement
Ricoh Black Rams back Berrick Barnes, a two-time Japan Rugby Top League MVP capped 51 times by Australia, announced his retirement from rugby on Friday, saying his body was no longer up to the task.
Japan Times
Rugby
Apr 18, 2020
Dan Carter's brief time in Japanese rugby ends with Top League cancellation
All Blacks great Dan Carter bid his fans in Japan a subtle farewell on Friday, praising his brief time with Kobe Kobelco Steelers following the cancellation of the Japan Rugby Top League season.
Japan Times
Rugby / ADDING THE EXTRAS
Mar 28, 2020
Odd decisions, big questions amidst crises in Japanese rugby
With rugby seemingly done for the season, it is time to look back on a crazy few months that have seen Japanese rugby go from the highs of the 2019 Rugby World Cup to a state of confusion in which even a former Brave Blossoms captain is questioning what is going on.
Japan Times
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.
Japan Times
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.
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.
Japan Times
Rugby / ADDING THE EXTRAS
Feb 28, 2020
Asian rugby tested as COVID-19 wipes out schedules
Rugby across Asia is feeling the full brunt of the coronavirus outbreak with games and tournaments getting called off at a rate of knots.
Japan Times
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.
Japan Times
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.
Japan Times
Rugby
Feb 22, 2020
Unbeaten Wild Knights trounce Red Hurricanes
The Panasonic Wild Knights maintained their perfect start to the Japan Rugby Top League season Saturday, beating the NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes 40-3 at Hanazono Rugby Stadium.
Japan Times
Rugby
Feb 16, 2020
Dynaboars hang on to make history with first Top League victory
Heiden Bedwell-Curtis' second-half try lifted Mitsubishi Sagamihara Dynaboars to the franchise's first Japan Top League victory, a 21-14 win over the NEC Green Rockets on Sunday.

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