Rugby in Japan is facing a major turning point.
A new league, JAPAN RUGBY LEAGUE ONE, will start in the 2022 season.
JAPAN RUGBY LEAGUE ONE will consist of three divisions, the top division will be Division 1, the second division will be Division 2, and the third division will be Division 3.
In Division 1, 12 teams will compete for the championship.
Division 2 and Division 3 will have 6 teams.
There are also replacement games.
The bottom three teams in Division 1 (10th to 12th) and the top three teams in Division 2 (1st to 3rd) will fight for retention or promotion.
The bottom three teams in Division 2 (4th to 6th) and the top three teams in Division 3 (1st to 3rd) will also fight for retention or promotion.
|Kurita Water Gush Akishima||Tokyo|
|Shimizu Corporation Koutoh Blue Sharks||Tokyo||Yumenoshima Stadium|
|Toyota Industries Shuttles Aichi||Aichi||Paloma Mizuho Rugby Stadium|
|Chugoku Electric Power Red Regulions||Hiroshima|
|Munakata Sanix Blues||Fukuoka|
|Kyuden Voltex||Fukuoka||Best Denki Stadium|
Rugby League by 2021
The Top League is a league of adult teams that started in the 2003-2004 season. The Top League is the highest league with 16 teams, the second division is the Top Challenge League, and there are regional leagues below it.
Some of the players who play in the league are under professional contracts, but in terms of the overall ratio, it is said that 20% are professionals and 80% are company employees.
Japan's Top League does not overlap with Super Rugby, so you can watch the world's superstars play.
In the 2021 season, very famous players such as Beauden Barrett (Suntory), Greig Laidlaw (NTT Com), and Michael Hooper (Toyota) will compete in the Top League.
Top League 16 teams
Top Challenge League (2nd Division)
Regional Leagues (Kanto, Kansai, Kyushu)
Top League Championships
Toshiba Brave Lupus (5 times)
Suntory Sungoliath (5 times)
Panasonic Wild Knights (4 times)
Kobe Steel Kobelco Steelers (2 times)