Top League Wrap Week 15

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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...]

Top League Wrap Week 14

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  Things got a lot clearer in the Top League following Round 14 action. At the top, Suntory remained unbeaten and need two points from their final game to secure their 4th league title. Yamaha still have a chance of bagging their first title if Suntory slip up, while Panasonic booked their spot in the All-Japan Championship. At the bottom, Honda were relegated, while Coca-Cola, Toyota Shokki and Kintetsu Liners will play in the promotion/relegation playoffs. Round 14 … [Read more...]

Top League Wrap Week 13

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Suntory are in pole position for the Top League title after they beat Yamaha on Xmas Eve. At the other end of the table it looks more like Honda Heat will finish in the automatic relegation spot. Round 13 Results Canon 27 Kubota 15 Ricoh 41 Toyota Shuttles 14 NEC 27 Coca-Cola 3 Panasonic 55 Sanix 14 NTT Comms 40 Honda 3 Suntory 41 Yamaha 24 Toshiba 32 Toyota Verblitz 31 Kobe Steel 38 Kintetsu 8 Here are the … [Read more...]

Big Names Debut in Week 11

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  Round 11 saw Yamaha Jubilo and Suntory Sungoliath keep on winning, David Pocock and Stephen Donald make their Top League debuts and Kenki Fukuoka equal a league record with six tries in a game. And just for good measure Fourie du Preez was back in town too. Week 11 Results Panasonic 69 Honda 14 Suntory 48 Coca-Cola 12 Kubota 21 Ricoh 18 Canon 17 Kintetsu 10 Yamaha 47 NEC 5 Kobe Steel 30 Toshiba 24 Sanix 15 Toyota Verblitz 14 Toyota Shuttles 33 NTT Comms … [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 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...]

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

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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...]