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Japan rugby bosses focusing on being global ahead of new professional league

11 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

Japan’s new-look professional rugby competition will launch next month with bold ambitions to win not only a domestic but a global audience, to attract the world’s best players and to expand...

Ash Dixon heading to Japan

1 year ago by Ultimate Rugby

Highlanders co-captain and veteran hooker Ash Dixon is heading to Japan on a two-year deal to play in the new Japanese League One competition which begins in January 2022.   Dixon (32) brought up...

Koroibete signs for Japan's Wild Knights

1 year ago by Ultimate Rugby

Marika Koroibete is officially leaving Australian rugby and the Melbourne Rebels, with the star winger confirming his move to Japan on Friday.       The 2019 John Eales Medallist as...

REPORTS: Wallabies star Folau seals rugby return with two-year Japanese deal

1 year ago by Ultimate Rugby

According to reports, sacked Wallabies star Israel Folau has joined NTT Communications in the Japanese Top League, having signed a contract on Friday.       The 32-year-old will reportedly...

Yoshitake Mizuma named head coach of Kintetsu Liners

1 year ago by Ultimate Rugby

Kintentsu Liners have confirmed that Yoshitake Mizuma will succeed Goshi Arimizu as the club's new head coach.       The 43-year-old's CV includes a coaching role at Panasonic Wild Knights...

13 new caps named in Samoa's squad to face Maori All Blacks, Tonga

1 year ago by Ultimate Rugby

Thirteen new caps have been included in the Manu Samoa rugby squad to play the Māori All Blacks and Tonga in June and July.   Leinster bound prop Michael Alaalatoa will captain the 31-man squad...

Beauden Barrett and three World Cup winning Springboks named in Top League XV of 2021

1 year ago by Ultimate Rugby

The Japanese Top League concluded this weekend with Panasonic Wild Knights beating Suntory Sungoliath 26-31 in the Final on Sunday.     The competition organisers have since named the...

Kenki Fukuoka's Iconic career

1 year ago by Ultimate Rugby

Kenki Fukuoka officially announced his retirement after his Panasonic Wild Knights Top League final victory! The 28-year old has decided to focus on his medical career.   Here's a look at his standout...