World Fighting Bull
|Full name||World Fighting Bull|
|Union||Japan Rugby Football Union|
|Location||Kobe, Hyogo, Japan|
|Ground(s)||World Rugby Ground|
World Fighting Bull were a Japanese rugby union team that played in the county's Top League competition. The team was the rugby team of clothing company World Co., based in Kobe in the Kansai area of Japan.
The team was founded in 1984, and spent their formative seasons playing in the Kansai League. They were one of the founding members of the Top League, playing in the inaugural season in 2003–04. The team played in the first four editions of the competition, before being relegated at the end of the 2006–07. After two more seasons playing in the Top West League, World Fighting Bull were dissolved in March 2009 after financial difficulties at World Co.
World Fighting Bull's record since the inception of the Top League in 2003–04 was:
|World Fighting Bull season history|
|2003–04 Top League||11||6||0||5||349||285||+64||7||1||32||5th||Progressed to Microsoft Cup|
|2004–05 Top League||11||4||0||7||230||366||−136||3||1||20||9th||Survived relegation play-offs|
|2005–06 Top League||11||5||1||5||166||200||−34||0||1||23||9th||Survived relegation play-offs|
|2006–07 Top League||13||1||0||12||211||481||−270||2||1||7||14th||Relegated to the Top West League|
|2007 Top West League||6||6||0||0||251||82||+169||5||0||29||1st||Lost in the promotion play-offs|
|2008 Top West League||5||3||0||2||192||107||+85||3||1||16||3rd|
P = Games Played, W = Games Won, D = Games Drawn, L = Games Lost, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against, PD = Points Difference, TB = Try Bonus Points, LB = Losing Bonus Points, Pts = Log Points, Pos = Position.
- Matt Cockbain, flanker or lock
- Keiichiro Masuo, flanker
- Masayoshi Tanizaki, centre or wing
- Shaun Webb, full-back
- Ifereimi Rawaqa, flanker or lock