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Top League Round 7 Wrap Up

Round 7 Results Suntory 33 NEC 14 Yamaha 47 Honda 25 Kubota 28 Sanix 27 Ricoh 31 Kintetsu 24 Toyota Shokki 27 Toshiba 22 NTT Comms 19 Toyota Verblitz 13 Panasonic 45 Coca-Cola 12 Kobe Steel 44 Canon 25 Here are the standings. Kyodo News was at Kashiwanoha and Kumagaya. Here are their reports. Meanwhile in Sri … [Read More...]


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Cornish Pasties and the Waseda Whistle with Rich Freeman

  (The following is a summarised excerpt from the JRugby Podcast, Ep.5) By Lee Watkins “I just remember when Michael Leitch turned that penalty down, I was pulling my hair out, thinking, ‘Oh my God! You’ve just turned down the chance to draw with South Africa’. And then slowly you started thinking, ‘Hold on, this […]

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  • Seems r having a Daisuke Ohata done on them - people belittling or forgetting their world record because they are not Tier 1.,
  • Jubilo, maintain unbeaten runs, though @yamaha_rugby's lead at top is cut to 1 point. ,
  • Results Suntory 52 Toyota Shokki 15 Yamaha 21 NTT Comms 17 Kobe Steel 37 Honda 24 Sanix 20 Kintetsu 15 Panasonic 29 Canon 16,
  • 11 yrs separated them but Seiji Hirao (#平尾誠二) & were on opposite sides in Bloemfontein at 1995. ,
  • Flags at half masts & players wearing black arm bands at Top League games this week in honour & memory of great Seiji Hirao. ,

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 […]