Stan Sport will be the exclusive broadcaster of the first national rugby competition in Japan in 2022 with two matches that will be broadcast ad-free, live and on-demand on Stan Sport every round. Replacing the Top League, the new Japan Rugby League One competition will feature twelve teams divided into two conferences of six teams. The season is set to begin Jan.7 with Stan Sport coverage starting the next day for Sungoliath against Brave Lupus on Saturday Jan.8.
Japan’s premier national rugby competition grows every year and continues to draw some of the world’s biggest names to an already exceptional national tournament. The eyes of the rugby world will be on former Wallaby and Super Rugby goal record holder Israel Folau who will line up for the Shining Arcs alongside the ex-Wallaby Liam Gill. NRL try out the scoring machine Blake ferguson will join the former Wallabies coach Michael cheika, who is the director of rugby for the Green Rockets.
In Sungoliath, the heavyweight of the Wallabies Samu kerevi and flanker Sean mcmahon will join the All Blacks star, Damien mckenzie. Rugby fans can also grab fan favorites such as Wallaby’s former opening half Bernard foley amid a strong foreign contingent at Kubota Spears, while Wallaby’s star winger Marika Koroibete will line up for defending champions Saitama Wild Knights.
The Japanese Rugby League One’s inaugural season will see the Division One teams face off against the other five teams in their conference twice, in a home and away format. In addition to the regular home and away conference matches, there will be inter-conference matches in which the teams face off against the six teams once they are outside their conference. Thus, each Division One team will play ten conference matches and six inter-conference matches, for a total of 16 matches in the regular season.
Stan sports director Ben kimber said, âShowcasing some of the biggest names in world rugby, this new competition will continue to demonstrate how the game in Japan is getting better and better. And for Stan Sport Rugby viewers, these matches complement an already massive premium rugby lineup all year round on Stan Sport.
Japan Rugby League One teams and notable players
Tokyo Black Rams: Isaac Lucas (AUS), Matt Lucas (AUS), Joe Tomane (AUS)
Tokatsu of the green rockets: Blake Ferguson (AUS), Gehamat Shibasaki (AUS), Tom Marshall (NZL)
Kobelco Kobe Steelers: Aaron Cruden (NZL), Ben Smith (NZL), Tom Franklin (NZL)
Kubota Spears Funabashi Tokyo Bay: Bernard Foley (AUS), Malcolm Marx (RSA), Ryan Crotty (NZL)
Red Hurricanes NTT DoCoMo Osaka: Elton Jantjies (RSA), Tyler Paul (RSA), Wimpie van der Walt (JPN)
Savage Knights of Saitama: George Kruis (ANG), Marika Koroibete (AUS), Semisi Tupou (AUS)
Shining Arcs Tokyo-Uraysu Bay: Israel Folau (AUS), Greig Laidlaw (SCO), Liam Gill (AUS)
Shizuoka Blue Revs: Isi Naisarani (AUS), James Dargaville (AUS), Kwagga Smith (RSA)
Tokyo Suntory Sungoliath: Damian McKenzie (NZL), Samu Kerevi (AUS), Sean McMahon (AUS)
Toshiba Brave Lupus Tokyo: Michael Leitch (JPN), Matt Todd (NZ), Seta Tamanivalu (NZL)
Toyota Verblitz: Patrick Tuipulotu (NZ), Pieter-Steph du Toit (RSA), Willie Le Roux (RSA)
Cannon Eagles of Yokohama: Amanaki Mafi (JPN), Jesse Kriel (RSA), Yu Tamura (JPN)
Stan Sport’s coverage of Japanese rugby – Ligue 1 rugby begins Saturday, January 8, 2022 with Sungoliath vs. Brave Lupus – streaming live, ad-free and on-demand from 5:30 p.m. AEDT.