Japan Beats Canada 26-22

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Japan beat Canada 26-22 on Saturday at BC Place in a thrilling encounter against their oldest international rivals, despite being handed just their third red card in their 84-year test match history. Yoshiya Hosoda saw red in the 54th minute but tries by Takeshi Kizu and Kotaro Matsushima and a perfect kicking display from Yu Tamura, who landed four penalties and two conversions, saw the Brave Blossoms home. Photos from the Japan Canada game courtesy of Stewart Johnstone. … [Read more...]

Crowd out in force to watch Sunwolves play in Tokyo

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The Sunwolves failed to make it two Super Rugby wins on the trot when they went down to the Western Force. But the atmosphere at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground was once again superb. Japanese rugby fans have one last chance to see their heroes in action - on July 2 when they play the Waratahs. But before that, the Brave Blossoms are in action - with games against Hong Kong on May 28 at Chichibunomiya and against Scotland on June 18 at Toyota Stadium and June 25 at Ajinomoto … [Read more...]

Celebration – 150 Years of Rugby in Japan

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The Yokohama Country & Athletic Club commemorated the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Yokohama Football Club recently with a weekend extravaganza. On the field, the oldest rugby club in Asia hosted a kids rugby event, a Golden Oldies game, a women's sevens tournament, a club game and the 57th Japan Sevens. Off the field, more than 200 people attended a black tie event, the highlight of which was a surprise appearance by former Japan and current England coach Eddie Jones. It … [Read more...]

RugbyPass Offers Free One Month Trial

RugbyPass Offers Free One Month Trial

RugbyPass is offering a one-month free trial subscription to rugby fans in 27 Asian countries. RugbyPass provides coverage of 40+ Test Matches including every moment of The Rugby Championship, June Internationals, November Internationals, Super Rugby, European Champions Cup, Top 14, Mitre10 Cup, Currie Cup, NRL, State of Origin, and Super League – over 1000 games every year. The RugbyPass subscription is available on any device and in 27 Asia Pacific countries including Singapore, Hong … [Read more...]

RugbyPass Teams Up With Rugby News Japan


      Rugby News Japan is happy to announce a sponsorship program with RugbyPass. Under this agreement, Rugby News Japan will provide a weekly schedule of matches that can be viewed on RugbyPass. RugbyPass allows subscribers to stream the world’s greatest rugby matches in HD. A single subscription gets you 40+ Test Matches including every moment of The Rugby Championship, June Internationals, November Internationals, Super Rugby, European Champions Cup, Top 14, … [Read more...]

Panasonic Aiming to add All-Japan C’ship to TL Crown

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The 2015-16 Top League was decided in dramatic fashion as Panasonic Wild Knights won their third straight title. Robbie Deans' team won a thrilling LIXIL Cup final in front of 24,557 at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground, beating Toshiba Brave Lupus 27-26. Tries from Tadasuke Nishihara, Shota Horie and JP Pietersen and three conversions and two penalties from playoff MVP Hayden Parker saw Panasonic home. But Toshiba almost stole the game at the death when Shohei Toyoshima scored in … [Read more...]

Top League Finals Weekend

Top League Finals Weekend

  TOKYO (Jan. 23) - The Top League champions will be determined Sunday – providing the snow holds off – when two-time defending champions Panasonic Wild Knights take on Toshiba Brave Lupus. Panasonic have won the title three times and Toshiba five and the previous meeting between the two sides this season saw them battle out a 17-17 draw. Panasonic beat Kobe Kobelco Steelers to reach the final. Toshiba, meanwhile, beat last year's runners-up Yamaha Jubilo. Click here to watch … [Read more...]

LIXIL Cup Semifinalists Determined‏

LIXIL Cup Semifinalists Determined‏

  Panasonic Wild Knights will take on Kobe Kobelco Steelers and Toshiba Brave Lupus will play Yamaha Jubilo for a spot in the LIXIL Cup final following Saturday's first round of the Top League playoffs. Two time defending champions Panasonic earned their spot by beating Canon Eagles 46-6, while Kobe Steel ran in seven tries to beat Kintetsu Liners 42-10. Meanwhile, Yamaha got the better of NTT Communications Shining Arcs 26-7 and Toshiba beat Toyota Verblitz 29-17. Here are … [Read more...]

Top League – The Playoff Picture Gets a Little Clearer


The playoff picture for the 2015-16 season got a little clearer following the conclusion of Round 5 action with the four teams to advance from Group B determined. Yamaha Jubilo, Toyota Verblitz, Canon Eagles and Kobe Kobelco Steelers have all booked their spots in the LIXIL Cup. Group A remains a far tighter affair, however, with five teams still in with a chance of finishing in the top four. Go to our TL page to see the full standings but here are the results from Week 5 and some … [Read more...]