The best players and coaches in League One

The best players and coaches in League One

New Zealand flyhalf Richie Mo'unga was named Japan Rugby League One's most valuable player on Monday, a day after leading Brave Lupus Tokyo to a long-awaited championship.

Coached by former All Black captain Todd Blackadder, Brave Lupus captured their first title since winning the 2009-10 championship in the Top League era, before the competition's relaunch as League One.

Mo'unga was joined by New Zealand flanker Shannon Frizell, another new arrival in Japan this season, among five Brave Lupus players in the League One Best XV.

Top League Best XV

1. Sena Kimura

2. Mamoru Harada

3. Opeti Helu

4. Warner Dearns

5. Lood de Jager

6.Ardie Savea

7. Shannon Frizell

8. Jack Cornelsen

9. Taiki Koyama

10. Richie Mounga

11. Malo Tuitama

12. Dylan Riley

13. Damian de Allende

14. Seiya Ozaki

15. Isaac Lucas

All Black Ardie Savea, who has returned to New Zealand after a season-long stint with Kobe Steelers, was the other Best XV flanker.

Tokyo Sungoliath flyhalf Mikiya Takamoto was named rookie of the year.


Two former Brave Blossoms standouts, Wild Knights hooker Shota Horie and Green Rockets Tokatsu scrumhalf Fumiaki Tanaka, received distinguished service awards after calling time on their careers.


Blackadder received the award for the best coach in League One

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