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...]

Top League Round 12 Wrap Up

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  With three rounds to play in the Japan Rugby Top League, there is just 1 point between 1st and 2nd. And Japanese rugby fans get the perfect Xmas present with Yamaha Jubilo up against Suntory Suntory on Dec. 24 in a game that will almost certainly decide which team wins the league. Round 12 Results Toyota Shuttles 49 Honda 24 Suntory 37 Toyota Verblitz 24 Kubota 36 Coca-Cola 17 Canon 45 NEC 21 Yamaha 33 Kobe Steel 15 Toshiba 59 Kintetsu 12 NTT Comms 33 Sanix 7 Panasonic 45 … [Read more...]

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 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 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 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...]

Top League Round 4 Results


Round 4 of Top League action saw Panasonic Wild Knights and Yamaha Jubilo remain unbeaten as the eight games were played in front of big crowds across the country. In Kumamoto on Sunday, 18,005 watched Yamaha win, while RNJ was among 10,009 at Kumagaya on Saturday to watch Panasonic end NTT Communications Shining Arcs' unbeaten run. Go to our TL page to see the full standings but here are the results from Week 4 and some photos from Panasonic vs NTT Comms and Toshiba Brave Lupus against … [Read more...]