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It is a competition born to play at the end of the season a match between the winners of university and empresarial championships.
Since 1998 more teams were added but, in 2017, as the differences between professional and amateur teams were growing more and more, it was merged with Top-League final phase.

Honours Roll

Season:WinnersRunners upFormatResult
2018/19Kobelco Steelers (10)Suntory SungoliathFinal55-5
2017/18Suntory Sungoliath (8)Panasonic Wild KnightsFinal12-8
2016/17Suntory Sungoliath (7)Panasonic Wild KnightsFinal15-10
2015/16Panasonic Wild Knights (5)Teikyo UniversityFinal49-15
2014/15Yamaha Jubilo (1)Suntory SungoliathFinal15-3
2013/14Panasonic Wild Knights (4)Toshiba Brave LupusFinal30-21
2012/13Suntory Sungoliath (6)Kobelco SteelersFinal36-20
2011/12Suntory Sungoliath (5)Panasonic Wild KnightsFinal21-9
2010/11Suntory Sungoliath (4)Sanyo Wild KnightsFinal37-20
2009/10Sanyo Wild Knights (3)Toyota VerblitzFinal22-17
2008/09Sanyo Wild Knights (2)Suntory SungoliathFinal24-16
2007/08Sanyo Wild Knights (1)Suntory SungoliathFinal40-18
2006/07Toshiba Brave Lupus (6)Toyota VerblitzFinal19-10
2005/06Toshiba Brave Lupus (5)
NEC Green Rockets (3)
2004/05NEC Green Rockets (2)Toyota VerblitzFinal17-13
2003/04Toshiba Brave Lupus (4)Kobelco SteelersFinal22-10
2002/03NEC Green Rockets (1)Suntory SungoliathFinal36-26
2001/02Suntory Sungoliath (3)Kobelco SteelersFinal28-17
2000/01Suntory Sungoliath (2)
Kobelco Steelers (9)
1999/00Kobelco Steelers (8)Toyota VerblitzFinal49-20
1998/99Toshiba Brave Lupus (3)Kobelco SteelersFinal24-13
1997/98Toshiba Brave Lupus (2)Toyota VerblitzFinal35-11
1996/97Toshiba Brave Lupus (1)Meiji UniversityFinal69-8
1995/96Suntory Sungoliath (1)Meiji UniversityFinal49-24
1994/95Kobelco Steelers (7)Daito Bunka UniversityFinal102-14
1993/94Kobelco Steelers (6)Meiji UniversityFinal33-19
1992/93Kobelco Steelers (5)Hosei UniversityFinal41-3
1991/92Kobelco Steelers (4)Meiji UniversityFinal34-12
1990/91Kobelco Steelers (3)Meiji UniversityFinal38-15
1989/90Kobelco Steelers (2)Waseda UniversityFinal58-4
1988/89Kobelco Steelers (1)Daito Bunka UniversityFinal46-17
1987/88Waseda University (4)Toshiba Brave LupusFinal22-16
1986/87Toyota Verblitz (3)Daito Bunka UniversityFinal22-6
1985/86Keio University (1)Toyota VerblitzFinal18-13
1984/85Nippon Steel Kamaishi (8)Doshisha UniversityFinal31-17
1983/84Nippon Steel Kamaishi (7)Doshisha UniversityFinal35-10
1982/83Nippon Steel Kamaishi (6)Doshisha UniversityFinal21-8
1981/82Nippon Steel Kamaishi (5)Meiji UniversityFinal30-14
1980/81Nippon Steel Kamaishi (4)Doshisha UniversityFinal10-3
1979/80Nippon Steel Kamaishi (3)Meiji UniversityFinal32-6
1978/79Nippon Steel Kamaishi (2)Nippon Sport Science UniversityFinal24-0
1977/78Toyota Verblitz (2)Meiji UniversityFinal20-10
1976/77Nippon Steel Kamaishi (1)Waseda UniversityFinal27-12
1975/76Meiji University (1)Mitsubishi Red EvolutionsFinal37-12
1974/75Kintetsu Liners (3)Waseda UniversityFinal33-13
1973/74Ricoh Black Rams (2)Waseda UniversityFinal25-3
1972/73Ricoh Black Rams (1)Meiji UniversityFinal35-9
1971/72Waseda University (3)Mitsubishi Red EvolutionsFinal14-11
1970/71Waseda University (2)Nippon Steel KamaishiFinal30-16
1969/70Nippon Sport Science University (1)Nippon Steel KamaishiFinal29-13
1968/69Toyota Verblitz (1)Keio UniversityFinal44-16
1967/68Kintetsu Liners (2)Hosei UniversityFinal27-14
1966/67Kintetsu Liners (1)Waseda UniversityFinal27-11
1965/66Waseda University (1)Nippon Steel YawataFinal12-9
1964/65Nippon Steel Yawata (1)Hosei UniversityFinal15-6
1963/64Doshisha University (1)Kintetsu LinersFinal18-3


jrfu.org - Japanese union official site.
www.top-league.jp - Top League official site.
www.japonrugby.net - Site about japanese rugby.
ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/日本のラグビーユニオン - Wikipedia pages about rugby in Japan.
Every site was scanned using also web.archive.org