The Panasonic Wild Knights are coming to Kumagaya!
An agreement has been concluded to move their main base to Kumagaya Rugby Stadium Saitama
The Panasonic Wild Knights of the Japan Rugby Top League will move their main base to the Kumagaya Rugby Stadium Saitama. On Wednesday, March 27, looking towards the moving of the team’s main base, the city of Kumagaya and Panasonic reached an agreement to work together to promote regional development and other initiatives through rugby.
Together, let’s get excited about rugby and Kumagaya!
≪Specific Cooperation Initiatives≫
(1) Initiatives related to ensuring a smooth transition of the Wild Knights’ main base to the Kumagaya Rugby Stadium Saitama
(2) Initiatives related to publicizing and supporting the Wild Knights’ activities at Kumagaya Rugby Stadium Saitama
(3) Initiatives related to regional revitalization aimed at the whole northern Kanto area which go hand in hand with the moving of the Wild Knights’ main base
(4) As the legacy of the Rugby World Cup 2019, initiatives related to the diffusion of sporting activities, advances in health, and the creation of prosperity in the rugby town Kumagaya through rugby football
◎The history of the Panasonic Wild Knights
1960: Establishment as Tokyo Sanyo Electric (Oizumi Town)’s rugby club
1968: First championship in the Kanto company employees’ league
1986: The team was renamed to Sanyo Electric
1996: First championship in the countrywide company employees’ competition
1997: The practice ground was moved from Oizumi Town to the newly completed rugby ground in Ryumai Town, Ota City
1998: A clubhouse was established at the rugby ground
2003: The team joined the Top League. The team was renamed to the Sanyo Electric Wild Knights
2008-2010: The team won three successive national championships
2011: The team was the Top League champion for the first time. The team was renamed to the Panasonic Wild Knights.
2014-2016: The team won the Top League three years in a row.