Top League Action Resumes

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

  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...]

Top League Round 9 Wrap Up

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  The Top League heads into the November break with 9 rounds played and Yamaha Jubilo and Suntory Sungoliath still unbeaten. In an action-packed weekend, Honda Heat picked up their first win of the season to move off the bottom. Round 9 Results Canon 35 Sanix 5 NTT Comms 34 Toshiba 29 Toyota Verblitz 20 Ricoh 16 Yamaha 50 Coca-Cola 11 NEC 38 Kobe Steel 24 Panasonic 60 Toyota Shokki 7 Suntory 38 Kubota 0 Honda 36 Kintetsu 20 Here are the … [Read more...]

Top League Round 7 Wrap Up

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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...]

Top League Round 6 Wrap Up

Top League Round 6 Wrap Up

Yamaha remained in pole position in the Top League thanks to a big win over Kubota. For highlights of all other games played so far this season go to our video page. Yamaha Jubilo and Suntory Sungoliath stayed unbeaten while Toyota Industries Shuttles and Honda Heat remained without a victory to their name following Round 6 of the Top League. Round 6 Results Canon 31 Toyota Shokki 14 Toyota Verblitz 25 Kintetsu 19 Panasonic 51 NEC 26 Suntory 41 Sanix 8 Kobe Steel 45 Ricoh 39 Yamaha … [Read more...]

Top League Round 5 Wrap Up

Top League Round 5 Wrap Up

Sanix provided the shock of Round 5 by beating Toshiba. For highlights of all other games played so far this season go to our video page. Following a week's break Top League action returned across Japan this past weekend.Round 5 signaled a third of the season has been played and Yamaha Jubilo remain in pole position with Suntory Sungoliath hot on their heels. At the other end of the table, Toyota Industries Shuttles and Honda Heat remain winless. Week 5 results Panasonic 42 NTT Comms … [Read more...]

Top League Round 4 Wrap Up

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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...]

Top League Round 3 Wrap Up

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  Yamaha Jubilo head the standings after Round 3, a weekend that saw Top League rugby played for the first time at Nissan Stadium, the ground that will host the final of Rugby World Cup 2019. Jubilo, Toyota Verblitz, Suntory Sungoliath and Toshiba Brave Lupus were all victorious to remain undefeated. Panasonic, NTT Comms, Kobe Steel all picked up their second wins of the campaign, while Kubota recorded their first. Top League Results NTT Comms 33 NEC 15 Toyota Verblitz 32 … [Read more...]

Top League Round 2 Wrap Up

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  Toyota Verblitz remain a point clear at the top of the Top Standings following the completion of Round 2. On the weekend that saw games played out in front of new Japan coach Jamie Joseph and his predecessor Eddie Jones, there were also second wins of the season for Suntory Sungoliath, Yamaha Jubilo, Toshiba Brave Lupus and Munakata Sanix Blues.   Round 2 Results Yamaha 35 Canon 16 Panasonic 30 Kobe 6 Toshiba 25 NEC 8 Suntory 50 Honda 0 Sanix 41 Toyota … [Read more...]

Top League – Round 1 Wrap Up

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Toyota Verblitz head the Top League standings following the completion of the first weekend of action. Verblitz were the only side to pick a bonus point for scoring three more tries than their opponents. There were a number of close games on the opening weekend with one game decided by a point and three games finishing with three points between the two sides. Round 1 Results Yamaha 24 Panasonic 21 Suntory 14 Kintetsu 13 Ricoh 23 NEC 20 Sanix 33 Honda 22 Kobe 27 NTT Comms … [Read more...]

Here We Go!

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Top League kicks off Aug. 26 and we would be only too happy to share any of your photos here and on our Facebook page. We are also looking for articles on rugby in Japan and rugby-related features as we build towards 2019. If you are interested then please send us a message from our Facebook page, and one of these RNJ shirts could be heading your way.   … [Read more...]