Wallaby Bernard Foley’s Kubota Spears Tokyo Bay in Japan’s club rugby had a disappointing start in a 52-26 loss to Tokyo Sungoliath. Despite beating Sungoliath three times last season en route to a maiden League One title, the Spears were outplayed in the first half on Sunday, ending with Sungoliath ahead 35-7. Sungoliath’s Seiya Ozaki scored a hat-trick and his younger brother, Taiga, scored twice. Frans Ludeke coaches the Spears and is vying for the Japan position, but Eddie Jones is favored. Former Australian coach Eddie Jones has reportedly been selected over Ludeke for the role and will be appointed later this week. Jones oversaw the Brave Blossoms’ 2015 World Cup campaign, before spending seven years at England via a brief week’s stint at the Stormers. Sam Cane is seen talking with director of rugby of Suntory Sungoliath, Eddie Jones. Saitama Wild Knights outclassed Yokohama Eagles 53-12, while former Waikato Chiefs flanker Lachlan Boshier scored twice for the Robbie Deans-coached Wild Knights. Dave Rennie’s Kobelco Kobe Steelers swamped newly promoted Mie Honda Heat in an 80-15 victory with 12 tries, eight in the second period. Tom Banks and Will Genia appear in division one matches, with Banks on Honda Heat and Genia on Hanazono Liners. Former Wallaby coach made a spectacular start to his time in Japan with a win.

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