Wild Knights, Sungoliath secure spots in Top League final

Rugby Jan 6, 2018

Wild Knights, Sungoliath secure spots in Top League final

The Panasonic Wild Knights and Suntory Sungoliath will face off in the Japan Rugby Top League final following two contrasting semifinals Saturday at Yanmar Stadium Nagai. Panasonic, which finished the regular season unbeaten and atop the White Conference, beat Toyota Verblitz 17-11, while defending champion ...

More Sports / Rugby Oct 18, 2017

Verblitz flanker Juan Smith to retire

Toyota Verblitz's former South Africa international flanker Juan Smith will retire because of family health problems, the Top League club said Wednesday. The 36-year-old Smith, who has been capped 70 times for the Springboks, was in his first season with Verblitz, having only joined the ...

Unbeaten Wild Knights trounce Verblitz

More Sports / Rugby Sep 23, 2017

Unbeaten Wild Knights trounce Verblitz

The Panasonic Wild Knights made it five straight bonus-point wins to start the Japan Rugby Top League season Saturday, beating the Toyota Verblitz 43-16 at Kumagaya Sports Stadium. Robbie Deans' side was made to work hard by Jake White's team, for whom Lionel Cronje and ...

More Sports / Rugby 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 ...

Suntory runs winning streak to 12

More Sports / Rugby Dec 17, 2016

Suntory runs winning streak to 12

Suntory Sungoliath maintained their unbeaten run in the Top League on Saturday with a 37-24 victory over Toyota Verblitz. The win at Toyota Stadium in Aichi Prefecture sees Suntory go first in the standings with 56 points from 12 games, though the Yamaha Jubilo (53 ...

More Sports / Rugby Sep 4, 2016

Verblitz overpower Spears in Top League

Masakatsu Hikosaka scored a brace of tries as Toyota Verblitz beat Kubota Spears 27-10 in the Top League on Sunday. Playing at Sapporo's Tsukisamu Stadium, Verblitz took the early lead on a seventh-minute Takaya Monji penalty, but South African Grant Hattingh dove over to complete ...

More Sports / Rugby Jul 6, 2016

Verblitz announce trio of new additions

Toyota Verblitz announced Wednesday the signings the Australian pair of Wycliff Palu and Ben Lucas, and Welsh international Dominic Day for the 2016-17 Top League season. Palu, who has won 57 caps for the Wallabies, originally signed for Verblitz in 2015 for two years. But ...

More Sports / Rugby Mar 23, 2016

Verblitz pair join Super Rugby's Cheetahs on short-term deal

Toyota Verblitz announced Wednesday that prop Yosuke Takahashi and fullback Yoshizumi Takeda had joined the Cheetahs Super Rugby franchise on short-term contracts. The pair are in South Africa as a result of Toyota's sponsorship of the Cheetahs and a tie-up between the two clubs. "They have ...

More Sports / Rugby Dec 3, 2015

Verblitz drop injured Palu

Australia back-row forward Wycliff Palu, who was set to join Toyota Verblitz this season, has been dropped by the Top League club due to an injury suffered during the Rugby World Cup in England, the team announced Thursday. The 57-time capped Palu, who had been ...

More Sports / Rugby Dec 11, 2013

Kikutani to play for English rugby club Saracens

Japan Top League club Toyota Verblitz announced Wednesday that Japan No. 8 Takashi Kikutani will leave for England on Dec. 18 to join up with English Premiership club Saracens. It is now being determined how long the 33-year-old Kikutani will be away from the Top ...