Japan Top League

Beauden Barrett & Brodie Retallick return to NZ Rugby (via Managed Isolation)

With the steady stream of players ending their terms with the Japan Top League, leading names like Beauden Barrett & Brodie Retallick return to NZ Rugby. That is to say, they have had to readjust to New Zealand conditions via the mandatory 14-day managed isolation period, which all returnees must complete. They, like others, have […]

Greig Laidlaw
Gavin Harper - Jul 7, 2020

Former Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw revealed he spoke to Glasgow Warriors Head Coach Danny Wilson about a move to Scotstoun before signing for NTT Communications Shining Arcs. Laidlaw, who ended his 76-cap Scotland career after the 2019 Rugby World Cup, has signed a two-year deal to play for the Top League side, whose squad also […]

Beauden Barrett

Auckland Blues star back Beauden Barrett has announced he’ll take a year off from Super Rugby to play in Japan, with the contract thought to be worth nearly £800,000.  Beauden Barrett bids goodbye! Beauden Barrett, who signed a four year deal with the NZRU last year will miss the 2021 Super Rugby season to play […]

Heineken Champions Cup

The news broke on Monday morning of discussions regarding a Club World Cup in the place of the current European competitions. EPCR have since given a statement on the current state of affairs.  Robert Rees brings you the latest on the proposal. Club World Cup proposal Much like football, there is a want from some […]

Player wellness at heart of 'global' Corona Virus alerts

Player welfare is at the heart of the growing ‘global’ Corona Virus alerts. Affecting more and more International and domestic leagues, it is unprecedented in its reach – from Asia to Europe, and is becoming a concern to every player and their families. With the reports from BBC Sport detailing postponements to several Guinness PRO14 […]

Sunwolves and Japan Top League attendance setting new standard

The crowds in Japan currently, are setting high standards. Figures that make most Super Rugby sides shudder in jealousy have supported Sunwolves and Japan Top League attendance figures in 2020. That is conclusive, figures of 18,000 for the Sunwolves v Chiefs clash and some phenomenal numbers over the opening weeks of Japan Top League.  116,000 […]

16 Japan Top League

It is obvious that this will be a massive year ahead for the 16 Japan Top League clubs and players. That is due to there being multiple seasons squeezed within 12 months – how can it ‘not be bigger’ than your average Japan rugby calendar year. Bigger, why? Due to the Rugby World Cup obviously […]

Dan Carter begins first match with Kobelco Steelers in Japan Top League

Beginning his term in the Japan Top League, former-All Black Dan Carter has debuted for his club side, the Kobelco Steelers. In a winning effort, the outstanding first-five showed a few nerves as he helped his side win 20-36, over the Suntory Sungoliath team in Tokyo. Those nerves would have been that he wanted to […]

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Joe Cokanasiga and Tommy Freeman can ignite England's backline
Charlie Inglefield - Sep 15, 2018

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Wales tour of South Africa
Thomas Booth - Sep 15, 2018

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2022 Under 20s Summer Series showcases the very best young talent

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SA Rugby migration

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Champion Leicester Tigers’ progress continues
Elliott Butlin - Sep 15, 2018

Newly crowned 2021/22 Premiership Champion Leicester Tigers’ progress continues, after beating Saracens 15-12 in a pulsating final at Twickenham last Saturday. The result capped an extraordinary turnaround for a club that finished 11th in consecutive seasons only two years ago. Leicester Tigers’ progress continues to impress, so how has that come about and how will […]

England's rugby team player Jonny May celebrates scoring his team's second try on June 19, 2022
Charlie Inglefield - Sep 15, 2018

The Barbarians thrashing of England’s rugby team on Sunday has heaped more pressure on Eddie Jones. With Australia eagerly awaiting a three-test match series on their home turf, it won’t get any easier for Jones or the national side. This was a chastening weekend for England rugby. Last Sunday, the Barbarians put 50 points playing […]

London Irish back Theo Brophy-Clews warms up before game on March 27, 2021
Connor Dickins - Sep 15, 2018

INTERVIEW – Hanging up your boots is a sad time for many rugby players. But how must it feel for professionals, who can no longer play their cherished sport for a living? We spoke with Theo Brophy-Clews, a former England U20 international who played over 60 games for London Irish. He was forced to retire […]