Yamaha vs. Suntory on December 24th Could be the Match of the Season

Top League Action Resumes

  The Japan Rugby Top League resumed following its four-week break for the November tests. Yamaha Jubilo and Suntory Sungoliath remained unbeaten and on course for a title decider when they meet on Dec. 24. Yamaha 63 Toyota Shuttles 7 Suntory 29 NTT Comms 5 NEC 38 Kintetsu 31 Toyota Verblitz 25 Canon 21 Ricoh 34 Honda 10 Panasonic 34 Kubota 25. Kobe Steel 60 Sanix 21 Coca-Cola 22 Toshiba 17 The Top Challenge Series also got underway to determine which sides will be … [Read More...]


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Toughening up Suntory and Japan with John Pryor

by Lee Watkins Arriving in Japan after an intense 4-day course coaching the Brisbane Broncos, the strength and conditioning coach, John Pryor, was shocked to discover the physical disparity between the Australians he had just left behind and the Japanese players, which now stood in front of him. “I’ll never forget my first day with […]

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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 […]

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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 […]