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Top League Round 4 Wrap Up

With the Top League set for a week's break, Yamaha Jubilo sit on top of the standings. Katsuyuki Kiyomiya's team hammered previously unbeaten Toshiba Brave Lupus to make it 19 points from a possible 20. Suntory Sungoliath – the only other unbeaten side – are a point behind after an equally impressive win over three-time defending champions Panasonic Wild Knights. Round 4 Results Ricoh 25 Canon 20 Kubota 18 Honda 15 Yamaha 40 Toshiba 6 Kobe 27 Toyota Verblitz 7 Sanix 19 Coca-Cola … [Read More...]


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Rugby, Surf and Goromaru with Keith Davies

  (The following is a summarised excerpt from the JRugby Podcast, Ep.4) By Lee Watkins and Taito Sakurai With over 30 years experience coaching corporate and university rugby in Japan, along with success at the Queensland Reds, and his involvement in the Heineken Cup, it may come as a surprise that Keith Davies is currently […]

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RWC 2019


RWC 2019 Venues Announced

The Rugby World Cup 2019 Organizing Committee has just announced that the following 12 cities have been approved as host venues for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. Sapporo City – Sapporo Dome Iwate Prefecture, Kamaishi – Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium (tentative name) Saitama Prefecture Kumagaya – Kumagaya Rugby Ground Tokyo Metropolitan area – New National Stadium Kanagawa […]


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Contest Winners Announced!

NOTICE: The names of the following three people were selected by a blind draw and have each won a custom Rugby News Japan jersey. Nobuo Hara Alex Telea Tetsuya Takagi In order to receive your jersey please send a message to the Rugby News Japan Facebook page with your address.  Rugby News Japan will pay […]

Off the Field

Jrugby Podcast

Podcasts Covering Rugby in Japan

For those interested in learning more about Japanese rugby history, culture, teams, and players, we recommend checking out JRugby Podcast. Produced in English by Taito Sakurai and Lee Watkins, JRugby Podcast aims to give a historical and cultural context to rugby in Japan. The duo also interview active players and coaches and discuss current trends […]