All Blacks legend Dan Carter made a promising start on his Top League debut as he helped Kobe Kobelco Steelers to a 36-20 win over defending champion Suntory Sungoliath on Friday at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground.
Japan Rugby has confirmed that they have received over 38,000 applications for the volunteer program for the upcoming edition of the World Cup next year.
All Blacks legend Dan Carter is set to kick-start his final phase of a glittering career as he has landed in Japan and started his training after signing a two-year deal with Kobelco Steelers.
South Africa international Kwagga Smith will make a move to Japan after signing a short-term deal with Japanese club Yamaha Jubilo.
South Africa international Duane Vermeulen is set to make his debut in the Japanese Top League after signing a deal with Kubota Spears ahead of the 2018/19 season.
Japan came up with a dominating performance at Toyota Stadium on Saturday as they blanked out Georgia 28-0 in their final game of June internationals.
Ireland managed to seal a place in the World Rugby U20 Championship 2019 as they edged out Japan in the 11th place play-off in Beziers on Sunday.
Italy registered their first win of the year as they edged out Japan with a 22-25 margin at Noevir Stadium to level the two-game series 1-1.
A dominant second-half performance from Japan saw them beat Italy 34-17 at Oita Stadium on Saturday.
Wales managed to overcome a late try from Siosaia Fifita as they completed an 18-17 win over Japan in the World Rugby U20 Championship encounter at Perpignan.
Suntory Sungoliath managed to edge out Panasonic Wild Knights 12-8 in the final at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground on Saturday to clinch the Top League title for the fifth time.
Fly-half Yu Tamura missed a regulation conversion at the closing stage as Japan missed a golden chance to register their first ever win over France on Saturday.
Australia came up with a dominant nine-try performance as they trounced Japan 30-63 in Yokohama to warm-up for their European tour.
Having trouble in dealing cultural and language difference when you move to a new country? Here is a young Maori, who overcomes the hurdle in Japan using Rugby Union as the medium.
World Cup hosts Japan are behind on preparations for the 2019 tournament according to World Rugby with two years to go untill the competition gets underway.
As the preparations for the 2019 World Cup is in full swing, the host country Japan has announced a 46-day tour of all host cities and Top League teams with the showpiece event two years away.
New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew insisted that Japan will need more exposure at both the international and domestic level in order to be included in the Rugby Championship.
Ireland came up with a five try performance as they completed a 2-0 series win over Japan with a 13-35 victory at Ajinomoto Stadium on Saturday.
Fly-half Jumpei Ogura kicked 18 points for Japan as they completed a 33-21 victory over Romania in Kyushu on Saturday.
Japan came up with a four try performance as they defeated South Africa by 10-22 in the final in Hong Kong and secure a berth in the Women's Sevens series.
Let us take a look on the few of the key points ahead of Wales' home clash against Japan in Cardiff on Saturday.
Brave Blossoms Squad