Japan Rugby Top League Teams for 2018-2019
The following 16 teams are confirmed to participate in the Japan Rugby Top League 2018-2019 competition.
|Panasonic Wild Knights|
|Kobe Steel Kobelco Steelers|
|Toshiba Brave Lupus|
|Ricoh Black Rams|
|NEC Green Rockets|
|NTT Communications Shining Arcs|
|Toyota Industries Shuttles|
|Munakata Sanix Blues|
|Coca-Cola Red Sparks|
|Hino Red Dolphins|
Kintetsu Liners automatically relegated to Japan Rugby Top Challenge League for 2018-2019 as last placed team.
Honda Heat promoted from Japan Rugby Top Challenge League to Top League for 2018-2019 as top placed team.
Munakata Sanix Blues beat Kyuden Voltex 40-21 in their promotion and relegation play-off to keep their place in Top League.
Coca-Cola Red Sparks drew with Mitsubishi Sagamihara Dynaboars 27-all in their promotion and relegation play-off to keep their place in Top League.
Hino Red Dolphins beat NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes 20-17 in their promotion and relegation play-off to gain a place in Top League for the very first time.
NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes relegated to Japan Rugby Top Challenge League for 2018-2019.