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Japan Rugby Top League to Start in January 2021

The Japan Rugby Football Union (JRFU) announced the tournament outline and the schedule for “Japan Rugby Top League 2021” which will start on January 16th (Sat) 2021, has been decided.

16 Top league teams will be divided into 2 conferences in the first stage and will play a round-robin tournament.

JRTL event poster

In the second stage, the top 4 teams from “Japan Rugby Top Challenge League 2021” will join, and the total of 20 teams will be divided into 4 pools for a round-robin pool tournament.

After the second stage, playoffs will be held by the top teams in each pool to determine the champion of the year.

JRTL league schedule and team guide

This tournament will be the first official match in 11 months since “Japan Rugby Top League 2020” was canceled after round 6, February 23rd, 2020.

The first stage will be held in 27 venues in 15 prefectures, including Nakadai Sports Park Athletic Stadium (Chiba prefecture), which will be held for the first time and will deliver an intense competition to rugby fans nationwide.

JRTL 2021 concept video

The venues and the match time for the second stage and playoffs will be notified as soon as it is decided.

 “His Story, HISTORY” will be the concept of this tournament. Even being drawn into the vortex of coronavirus, the league deliver energy to all over Japan by inherit the success of the Rugby World Cup 2019, Japan Tournament and optimize the power of rugby.

In addition, JRFU will liven up the final tournament and lead to the opening of the new league scheduled to start in 2022.

Full report of JRTL announcement by JRFU >>

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