JAPAN RUGBY LEAGUE ONE

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.

Division 1
Teams Prefecture Home stadium
Saitama Panasonic Wild Knights Saitama Kumagaya Rugby Stadium
NEC Green Rockets Tokatsu Chiba Kashiwanoha Stadium
NTT Communications Shining Arcs Tokyo-Bay Urayasu Chiba
KUBOTA Spears Funabashi Tokyo-Bay Tokyo Edogawa City Track & Field Stadium
Tokyo Suntory Sungoliath Tokyo Ajinomoto Stadium
TOSHIBA Brave Lupus Tokyo Tokyo Ajinomoto Stadium
RICOH BlackRams Tokyo Tokyo Komazawa Olympic Park Stadium
Yokohama Canon Eagles Kanagawa Nippatsu Mitsuzawa Football Stadium
Shizuoka Blue Revs Shizuoka Yamaha Stadium
Toyota Verblitz Aichi Toyota Stadium
NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes Osaka Osaka YODOKO SAKURA Stadium
Kobelco Kobe Steelers Hyogo Noevir Stadium Kobe
Division 2
Teams Prefecture Home stadium
Kamaishi Seawaves R.F.C. Iwate Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium
Hino Red Dolphins Tokyo
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Sagamihara DYNABOARS Kanagawa Sagamihara Gion Stadium
Mie Honda HEAT Mie Mie Kotsu Group Sports no Mori Suzuka Soccer Rugby Stadium
Hanazono Kintetsu Liners Osaka Hanazono Rugby Stadium
Division 3
Teams Prefecture Home stadium
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
Venue
Stadium Prefecture
Ajinomoto Stadium Tokyo
Akigin Stadium Akita
Best Denki Stadium Fukuoka
Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium Tokyo
Ecopa Stadium Shizuoka
Edogawa City Track & Field Stadium Tokyo
Egao Kenko Stadium Kumamoto
Fuchu Asahi Football Park Tokyo
Hanazono Rugby Stadium Osaka
Hinata Athletic Stadium Miyazaki
Hinata Budokan Miyazaki
Ishikawa Athletics Stadium Ishikawa
Iwagin Stadium Iwate
JIT Recycle Ink Stadium Yamanashi
K's Denki Stadium Mito Ibaraki
Kagawa Prefectural Soccer and Rugby Stadium Kagawa
Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium Iwate
Kashihara Sports Athletic Stadium Nara
Kashiwanoha Stadium Chiba
Komazawa Olympic Park Stadium Tokyo
Kumagaya Rugby Stadium Saitama
Machida GION Stadium  Tokyo
Mie Kotsu Group Sports No Mori Ise Athletics Stadium Mie
Mie Kotsu Group Sports no Mori Suzuka Soccer Rugby Stadium Mie
Mikuni World Stadium Kitakyushu Fukuoka
Miyazaki Prefectural Comprehensive Sports Park Rugby Field Miyazaki
National Stadium (Tokyo) Tokyo
ND Soft Stadium Yamagata Yamagata
Nippatsu Mitsuzawa Football Stadium Kanagawa
Nissan Stadium Kanagawa
Noevir Stadium Kobe Hyogo
Ojiyama Athletic Stadium Shiga
Pocari Sweat Stadium Tokushima
Rohto Field Nara
Sagamihara Gion Stadium Kanagawa
Sania Park Sugadaira Rugby Stadium Nagano
Showa Denko Dome Oita Oita
Sunpro Alwin Nagano
Tochigi Green Stadium Tochigi
Toyohashi City Stadium Aichi
Toyota Stadium Aichi
Yanmar Field Osaka
Yokkaichi City Central Athletic Stadium Mie
Yumenoshima Stadium Tokyo
Yurtec Stadium Sendai Miyagi

Rugby League by 2021

Top League

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)


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