Former All Blacks captain Kieran Read doubts he will return to Japan this year, but will wait and see over fulfilling the final year of his contract in 2021.
World Cup-winning Springbok centre Damian de Allende scored his first try for the Panasonic Wild Knights in their 40-20 win over Toyota Verblitz this past weekend.
World Cup-winning Springbok flank Kwagga Smith scored a try and won a vital late turnover during Yamaha Júbilo’s 31-29 win over Toyota Verblitz in round one of Japan’s Top League competition.
Toyota Verblitz could face expulsion from the Japanese Top League after two of the club’s players were arrested on suspicion of possessing cocaine.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen is reportedly set to become director of rugby at Toyota Verblitz following the World Cup in Japan.
Jake White’s Toyota Verblitz beat Suntory Sungoliath 43-34 in the Japanese Top League Cup final in Chichibu on Saturday.