With the lack of coverage in the West, we tend to think of the Japanese Top League as a sort of rugby netherworld, where players go to cash in, while their ‘real rugby’ careers are put on hiatus.

Japanese-Top-League-XV-lineup-formation-tacticsThe plaything of industrial giants like Toyota, Panasonic and Toshiba – this corporate sport can offer pay packets that would make even the most spendthrift French millionaire blush.

Yet with its short season, its an increasingly attractive option for Super Rugby players who want to cram a season in between their own native season – and as such the league’s ranks continue to swell with the very best rugby talent in the world.

With this in mind we have tried to cobble together the most formidable Top League XV available. We think you’ll agree it’s quite the team.

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