The Hino Red Dolphins have reached the Top Challenge League for the first time in 2018, and BNZ Crusaders General Manager Professional Rugby, Angus Gardiner, said the organisation is thrilled to form this relationship with a promising Japanese club side.

“We are excited to work alongside a passionate Japanese rugby club in the Hino Red Dolphins, as they seek to develop their existing rugby programme as a newly-promoted Top Challenge League side.

“Hino is a fantastic club made up of great people who are dedicated to ensuring their organisation is the best it can be. We’re looking forward to building our relationship with them through this rugby partnership and working with them to strengthen their high performance programme, “ Gardiner said.