Takeshi Hino joins Toulouse as short-term World Cup cover

Rugby Aug 21, 2019

Takeshi Hino joins Toulouse as short-term World Cup cover

French champion Toulouse has brought in hooker Takeshi Hino from Top League outfit Yamaha Jubilo as short-term cover during the upcoming Rugby World Cup. Hino, 29, ranked as the No. 4. hooker in Japan and out of the running for the Japanese squad, will make ...

Yamaha coach Katsuyuki Kiyomiya to retire after season

Rugby Dec 11, 2018

Yamaha coach Katsuyuki Kiyomiya to retire after season

Yamaha Jubilo head coach Katsuyuki Kiyomiya said Tuesday he will retire at the end of the Japan Rugby Top League season. "I'm proud of this club. It has grown into a club worthy of pride," Kiyomiya said following training at the team's base in Iwata, ...

Sungoliath, Steelers advance to Top League final

Rugby Dec 8, 2018

Sungoliath, Steelers advance to Top League final

Matt Giteau's Suntory Sungoliath and Dan Carter's Kobe Kobelco Steelers will play for the Japan Rugby Top League crown after winning their respective semifinals Saturday in Tokyo and Osaka. Giteau kicked a 42-meter penalty in the fifth minute of sudden-death extra time — just the ...

Suntory, Yamaha move on to Top League semifinals

Rugby Dec 1, 2018

Suntory, Yamaha move on to Top League semifinals

Suntory Sungoliath will play Yamaha Jubilo for a spot in the Japan Rugby Top League final after both sides won hard-fought quarterfinals on Saturday. Suntory held on by the skin of its teeth to beat the Kubota Spears 28-26 at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground, ...

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 ...

Unbeaten Wild Knights pounce on Jubilo

Rugby Sep 22, 2018

Unbeaten Wild Knights pounce on Jubilo

Panasonic Wild Knights on Saturday signaled their intentions to bring the Japan Rugby Top League trophy back to their clubhouse in Ota, Gunma Prefecture, as they beat Yamaha Jubilo 15-0 at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground. Having finished third and second the last two seasons, ...

Italy clobbers Yamaha Jubilo in exhibition match

Rugby Jun 2, 2018

Italy clobbers Yamaha Jubilo in exhibition match

A team built around Italy internationals trounced Japan Top League side Yamaha Jubilo 52-19 on Saturday in a warmup match ahead of the Azzurri's two June tests against the Brave Blossoms. Time after time, the Italian offloads led to line breaks, while Jubilo were worn ...

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 ...

Yamaha hammers misfiring Canon in Top League

More Sports / Rugby Sep 24, 2017

Yamaha hammers misfiring Canon in Top League

Yamaha Jubilo ensured Canon Eagles' miserable start to the Japan Rugby Top League season continued Sunday as they hammered Yuki Imamura's side 69-21 in front of 18,279 at Oita Bank Dome. Canon — which was forced to install Imamura as head coach 10 days before ...