Panasonic Wild Knights
|Full name||Panasonic Wild Knights|
|Union||Japan Rugby Football Union|
|Location||Ota, Gunma, Japan|
|Ground(s)||Sanyo Wild Knights Ground|
Panasonic Wild Knights (formerly Sanyo) is a Japanese rugby union team based in Ōta city, Gunma prefecture which plays in the Top League. Inspired by Tony Brown at fly half (though he was not captain), it dominated the league in the fifth season and was the first team to be unbeaten throughout a Top League season.
All-Japan Champions: 2008
Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under IRB eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-IRB nationality.
In for 2012-2013
- Epi Taione - Tongan Centre/Wing/Flanker who has played for Newcastle, Sale and more recently Super Rugby side The Sharks
- Semi Taupeaafe - former Wallabies sevens, New South Wales Waratahs and Tongan international
- Sinali Latu - now coach of Daito Bunka University R.F.C.
- Murray Henderson - former Sanyo Wild Knights coach, Portugal National team forwards coach, current Oxford Uni OURFC Head Coach
- Jaque Fourie - South African international centre
- Mike Cron - All Blacks and Sanyo forwards consultant
- Norifumi Nakajima - head coach
- Gary Wallace - strength & conditioning adviser
- Panasonic Wild Knights - official site (Japanese)
- Sanyo Wild Knights win 45th All-Japan Championship - JRFU English website