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TOP LEAGUE

Japan Times
Rugby
Feb 15, 2020
Wild Knights maintain perfect record in Top League
A late brace by substitute Taiki Koyama earned the Panasonic Wild Knights their fifth bonus-point win of the season, a 46-27 victory over the Toshiba Brave Lupus on Saturday.
Japan Times
Rugby
Feb 2, 2020
Five-try Taumua Naeata powers Steelers in rout of Red Hurricanes
Tongan No. 8 Taumua Naeata scored five tries as Top League champions Kobe Kobelco Steelers remained unbeaten after four rounds with a 97-0 win over NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes on Sunday.
Japan Times
Rugby
Feb 1, 2020
Suntory Sungoliath pound winless NEC Green Rockets
A hat trick of tries from man-of-the-match Tevita Li lifted Suntory Sungoliath to a 40-14 bonus-point victory over the winless NEC Green Rockets on Saturday.
Japan Times
Rugby
Jan 29, 2020
Brave Blossoms head coach Jamie Joseph calls for structural reform
Japan coach Jamie Joseph put the cat among the pigeons Wednesday when he said the Brave Blossoms could not hope to remain a top eight nation if the current domestic structures remain in place.
Japan Times
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.
Japan Times
Rugby
Jan 25, 2020
Wild Knights, Brave Lupus stay unbeaten
The Panasonic Wild Knights and Toshiba Brave Lupus maintained their unbeaten starts to the Japan Rugby Top League season on Saturday with wins over the Mitsubishi Sagamihara Dynaboars and Honda Heat, respectively.
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.
Japan Times
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.
Japan Times
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.
Japan Times
Rugby
Jan 12, 2020
Top League kicks off in front of big crowds
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.
Japan Times
Rugby
Dec 25, 2019
Top League hoping to ride Rugby World Cup wave in 2020
After the enormously successful Rugby World Cup, Japan's domestic Top League will try to take full advantage in the uptick of interest in the sport during its upcoming season, which kicks off across the country Jan. 12.
Japan Times
Rugby
Dec 2, 2019
Former All Blacks coach Steve Hansen becomes director of rugby for Toyota Verblitz
Toyota Verblitz announced Monday that former All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has been appointed as director of rugby ahead of the next Top League season in Japan.
Japan Times
Rugby
Nov 2, 2019
New Zealand captain Kieran Read looks forward to starting new chapter in Top League
All Blacks captain Kieran Read closed his test career at the Rugby World Cup on Friday, but said he is looking forward to opening a new chapter of his career in Japan, after spending more than six weeks in the country.
Japan Times
Rugby
Oct 20, 2019
Kerevi looking forward to family reunion in Japan
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.
Japan Times
Rugby
Sep 12, 2019
Flyhalf Bernard Foley to join Kubota Spears after Rugby World Cup
Australia flyhalf Bernard Foley will join the Top League's Kubota Spears after the Rugby World Cup, the club announced on Thursday.
Japan Times
Rugby
Sep 5, 2019
Former Toyota Verblitz player Ryota Kabashima pleads guilty to cocaine possession
Former Toyota Verblitz flyhalf Ryota Kabashima pleaded guilty on Thursday to possessing cocaine in his first court appearance in the case.
Rugby
Aug 30, 2019
Top League season to begin on Jan. 12
The Japan Rugby Top League's first season after Japan hosts this year's Rugby World Cup will begin on Jan. 12, the league announced Friday.
Japan Times
Rugby
Jul 29, 2019
Katsuyuki Kiyomiya announces plan to start pro rugby league in Japan
The "idea" of establishing a pro rugby league in Japan isn't new one. There just hasn't been anyone to take the lead and run with it.
Japan Times
Rugby
Jul 12, 2019
Ex-Toyota Verblitz player Ryota Kabashima admits to cocaine possession
Former Toyota Verblitz flyhalf Ryota Kabashima was released on bail of ¥2 million ($18,460) on Friday, after admitting to a charge of possessing cocaine.
Rugby
Jul 3, 2019
JRFU asks teams to interview players following recent drug arrests
The Japan Rugby Football Union on Wednesday requested all teams in the country's Top League interview their players following the arrests last month of two Toyota Verblitz members on suspicion of possessing cocaine.

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