Top League

Top League cancels opening four rounds due to Covid outbreak

The Japan Rugby Football Union has confirmed the opening four rounds of the 2021 season of Top League has been cancelled due to a Covid-19 outbreak.
22 January 2021

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 Challenge 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

New Zealand international TJ Perenara to play in Japanese Top League next season

New Zealand international TJ Perenara will make his debut in the Japanese Top League next season after he was signed by NTT DoCoMo Red Hurricanes on short-term contract.
19 October 2020

Australia captain Michael Hooper to play for Toyota Verblitz next year

Australia skipper Michael Hooper will play for Japanese Top League side Toyota Verblitz next year after taking a sabbatical.
27 August 2020

Blues fullback Matt Duffie among four players signed by Honda Heat

Honda Heat have confirmed the signing of four players including Blues fullback Matt Duffie ahead of the 2021 season.
31 July 2020

Kobelco Steelers secure signing of former All Blacks duo

Kobelco Steelers have confirmed the signing of former All Blacks duo Ben Smith and Aaron Cruden ahead of the next season.
31 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

Beauden Barrett to play for Japan's Suntory Sungoliath club next year

New Zealand star fly-half Beauden Barrett will make his debut in the Japanese Top League next year after signed by Suntory Sungoliath.
3 July 2020

Tom Savage: It is certainly not a place that you will go to and go backwards

Having made just shy of 200 competitive appearances for Gloucester, Tom Savage’s move to Japan came somewhat out of the blue.
19 May 2020