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Top League Wrap Week 15

The 2016-17 Top League reached its conclusion with Suntory Sungoliath crowned champions following an action packed final weekend. http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2017/01/453560.html The day after, Takaaki Nakazuru was surprisingly named league MVP ahead of Kosei Ono, who had an outstanding season for Suntory. http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2017/01/453656.html NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes were promoted (to replace Honda Heat) while the three other places in the Top League and new … [Read More...]

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Panasonic Wild Knights with Taqele Naiyaravoro

By Lee Watkins After switching from rugby league to rugby union in 2014, the Fijian, Taqele Naiyaravoro’s career has been swift; playing for Glasgow Warriors and entertaining the idea of representing Scotland, before rejoining the Waratahs, and choosing to play for Australia instead. Since then he has scored his first try for the Wallabies against […]

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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 […]

Editorial

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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 […]