Robbie Deans' Wild Knights top Steve Hansen's Verblitz

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. Kenki Fukuoka, playing his final 15s game of ...

Kazuki Himeno turning into hero for Japan

Rugby Oct 6, 2019

Kazuki Himeno turning into hero for Japan

Kazuki Himeno may be playing in his first Rugby World Cup, but the young star has become a dominant force in Japan's campaign to reach the knockout stage for the first time. The 25-year-old contributed to the Brave Blossoms' 38-19 victory over Samoa on Saturday ...

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. At a meeting in Tokyo, the sport's governing body asked representatives from ...

Verblitz flyhalf Ryota Kabashima arrested on cocaine charge

Rugby Jun 20, 2019

Verblitz flyhalf Ryota Kabashima arrested on cocaine charge

Toyota Verblitz flyhalf Ryota Kabashima was arrested Thursday on suspicion of possessing cocaine, police said, and the team has pulled out of the upcoming Top League Cup as a consequence. The 28-year-old Kabashima, also an employee of Toyota Motor Corp., is suspected of violating ...

Verblitz down Wild Knights, Kobe ease past Ricoh to reach semis

Rugby Dec 2, 2018

Verblitz down Wild Knights, Kobe ease past Ricoh to reach semis

Toyota Verblitz and Kobe Kobelco Steelers are set to meet in the Japan Rugby Top League semifinals following two contrasting quarterfinals on Sunday. Clinton Swart scored a try, created two more, and kicked four penalties along with two conversions, as Jake White's Toyota ran out ...

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 ...