Friday, October 22, 2021
Japanese Rugby League

Japan the Rugby League nation of the Far East

By Matthew Brown, Date: 15/9/14

Japan is nicknamed the “Land of the Rising Sun”. It is a unique country with a population of over 100 million people. Japanese people love their sports, both traditional ones and those brought in from overseas such as Football (soccer), Baseball and Rugby Union. What many Japanese people don’t know is that the sport of Rugby League has been played in the country for over 25 years.

Japan Rugby League map

Rugby League Planet – Japan snapshot and rugby league results


Foundation Year - 1994

International Team - Samurais

Highest finish in World Cup - 6th position Emerging Nations World Cup (2000)

Top level domestic competition - In the early 2000's they had a 3 team competition.