Japan

Start of Japan's Top League season delayed due to Covid-19

The start of Japan's Top League for the 2021 season has been delayed following an outbreak of Covid-19.
14 January 2021

Freddie Burns Exclusive: "I wouldn't say my Premiership career is over completely"

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic affecting the 2021 Top League season in Japan, TRU's Elizabeth Cartwright was able to chat to Freddie Burns about settling into life with the Shokki Shuttles.
13 January 2021

Eddie Jones gets his reunion but warns Japan will keep on improving ahead of 2023 Rugby World Cup

When England face Japan in the 2023 World Cup, it will be eight years since Eddie Jones guided the Brave Blossoms to the greatest shock in the tournament’s history.
14 December 2020

Warren Gatland urges Premiership Rugby to release players for British and Irish Lions' game against Japan

British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland has urged Premiership Rugby to release players for the game against Japan scheduled to be played on 26th June next year.
29 October 2020

Japan pull out of eight-team tournament - Reports

Japan have pulled out of the proposed eight-team tournament scheduled in the United Kingdom later this year following coronavirus restrictions.
28 August 2020

Fiji and Japan to join Six Nations teams for autumn series

Fiji and Japan will be part of the eight-team tournament in Europe along with the Six Nations sides scheduled at end of the year.
28 July 2020

Former Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw to join Japan's NTT Shining Arcs next year

Former Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw is set to make his debut in the Japanese Top League next year after signed by NTT Shining Arcs.
6 July 2020

Japan 2019 most economically successful Rugby World Cup ever

Japan 2019 has been announced the most economically successful Rugby World Cup ever according to a report published by EY today.
24 June 2020

South Africa and Japan may join Six Nations sides in autumn series

World champions South Africa and Japan could join the Six Nations teams in the autumn series as Rugby Football Union considering various options to recover from the financial crisis created by the pandemic coronavirus.
6 June 2020

The JRFU | Pushing for Unified Rugby

The JRFU has reiterated the desire to see a unified rugby world. According to Chairman Kensure Iwabuch, the union is keen to see unity between the North & south.
4 June 2020

Future of Sunwolves uncertain - Japan Rugby CEO Yuji Watase

Japan Rugby Football Union chief executive Yuji Watase admitted that the future of Sunwolves club is uncertain following exit from Super Rugby.
3 June 2020

RU Six Pack, Isolation Edition - Tom Savage, Suntory Sungoliath

Latest to answer our quickfire Isolation Edition questions is Suntory Sungoliath's second row Tom Savage.
1 June 2020

Sunwolves' 2020 season ends after failing to reach agreement with Rugby Australia

Japan Rugby Football Union Chairman Shigetaka Mori has confirmed that the 2020 season is over for Sunwolves after the talks with Rugby Australia on involvement in their local Super Rugby tournament failed.
1 June 2020

Rugby Rumours: Maro the Tiger, Savea Returns, Goode for Japan and Mapimpi to the Prem

Maro the Tiger, Savea Returns, Goode for Japan and Mapimpi to the Prem
14 May 2020

Allister Coetzee parts ways with Canon Eagles

Canon Eagles have confirmed that head coach Allister Coetzee has made an exit from the Japanese club with immediate effect.
28 April 2020

Former New Zealand international Dan Carter to make Kobelco Steelers exit

Former New Zealand international Dan Carter has confirmed his exit from Kobelco Steelers after the ongoing season was disrupted by the pandemic coronavirus.
18 April 2020

England's July tour of Japan could be moved to October - RFU Chief

Rugby Football Union chief executive Bill Sweeney said the board is planning to reschedule England's tour of Japan in July to October after the ongoing season is hampered by the pandemic coronavirus.
11 April 2020

Remainder of Japanese Top League season cancelled

The Japanese Top League organisers have confirmed that the remainder of the season has been cancelled in response to the pandemic coronavirus,
23 March 2020

Wales to lock horns with Japan and New Zealand in summer tour

The Welsh Rugby Union has unveiled the summer fixtures of Wales where they will take on Japan and New Zealand.
10 January 2020

Steve Hansen joins Toyota Verblitz as coaching consultant

Toyota Verblitz have hired the services of former All Blacks coach Steve Hansen as a consultant of the Japanese Top League side.
3 December 2019