Panasonic Wild Knights with Taqele Naiyaravoro

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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 England, put in a man of the match performance for the Barbarians against South Africa, and has even been likened to the late Jonah Lomu due to his … [Read more...]

Ota Remains Impregnable‏

Panasonic extended their winning streak at home to 24 games with victory over Suntory‏

Many teams claim their home ground is a fortress but few have a record to compare with Panasonic (formerly Sanyo) Wild Knights. In the 12 year history of the Top League, the Wild Knights -- in either the red of Sanyo or blue of Panasonic -- have played 24 times at Ota Sports Park. (It would take a far longer piece to go into why a side plays so few games at their home ground,,,let's just say it is the Japan Way). And on Sunday, the reigning Top League champions duly wrapped up win No. 24 at … [Read more...]

Memorable Week for Yamada

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Akihito Yamada wrapped up a memorable week by making sure Panasonic Wild Knights remained in the driving seat in the Top League after four games of the second stage. On Thursday it was announced the flyer had signed for Western Force for the 2015 Super Rugby season – a move that has to be said surprised a few. Two days later, the 29-year-old, who has never appeared in a losing Japan side having won all 10 tests he has played in, touched down twice as the Wild Knights beat NTT … [Read more...]