The Japan Rugby Association held a board meeting in Tokyo on March 15 and officially decided to launch a new league in the fall of 2009 to replace the Top League [TL]. Regarding the professionalization that was being considered, there is a possibility that even amateur-only teams can participate.
Iwabuchi said, "I will not narrow down the players." Regarding the name of the new league, "It is not decided whether to change the name of the top league." We will hold a briefing session on the requirements for participation in the new league to teams who want to participate later this month.