Top League moves big-name season opener to National Stadium

The Japan Rugby Prime League launched Monday it should return to the long term by shifting its Jan. 16 season opener to the Nationwide Stadium, the centerpiece of the postponed Tokyo Olympics.

Picture taken from a Kyodo Information helicopter on July 21, 2020, reveals the Nationwide Stadium, the principle venue of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

The opening day battle fashions up a rematch between Toshiba Courageous Lupus’ Michael Leitch and NTT Communications Shining Arcs’ Greig Laidlaw. The 2 remaining met all by the closing pool sport of the 2019 Rugby World Cup with Leitch skippering Japan to a 28-21 victory over Laidlaw-led Scotland to ship the Courageous Blossoms into the quarterfinals for the primary time.

The sport, initially slated for neighboring Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Floor, stands out as the first Prime League match on the model new venue constructed for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The league remaining carried out on the earlier nationwide stadium in its 2006-2007 season.

The Prime League furthermore launched its plan for the upcoming season’s championship playoffs. The primary two groups from every of 4 second-stage swimming swimming swimming swimming swimming swimming swimming pools, will enter the eight-team knockout half, beginning on May eight and May 9.

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