Hino Red Dolphins
Hino Motors Red Dolphins are a Japanese rugby union team, currently playing in the county's top tier Top League competition. The team is the rugby team of commercial vehicle manufacturer Hino Motors, based in Hino in the Tokyo Metropolis.
|Full name||Hino Motors Red Dolphins|
|Union||Japan Rugby Football Union|
|Location||Hino, Tokyo Metropolis|
The team was founded in 1950, and spent their formative seasons playing in the Kanto League. They were promoted to the top division of the Top East League for the 2009 season, but were relegated in their first season. They bounced back at the first attempt, again winning promotion to the Top East League for the 2010 season. This time, they remained in that league until the 2017–18 season, when they won promotion to the newly formed Top Challenge League.
Hino Red Dolphins' record in the top two tiers since their promotion to the Top East League in 2008 was:
|Hino Red Dolphins season history|
|2008 Top East League||10||1||0||9||129||525||−396||1||1||6||10th||Relegated to the Kanto League.|
|2010 Top East League||10||3||0||8||242||390||−148||3||2||17||8th|
|2011 Top East League||10||1||1||7||117||353||−236||2||1||9||8th|
|2012 Top East League||9||2||0||7||138||350||−212||3||0||11||9th||Survived relegation play-offs|
|2013 Top East League||9||3||0||6||166||293||−127||3||1||16||7th|
|2014 Top East League||9||6||0||3||301||154||+147||5||1||30||4th|
|2015 Top East League||9||6||0||3||318||185||+133||7||1||32||4th|
|2016 Top East League||9||8||0||1||420||107||+313||5||0||37||2nd|
|2017 Top Challenge League||7||6||0||1||285||157||+128||4||0||28||2nd||Promoted to the Top League.|
P = Games Played, W = Games Won, D = Games Drawn, L = Games Lost, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against, PD = Points Difference, TB = Try Bonus Points, LB = Losing Bonus Points, Pts = Log Points, Pos = Position.
The Hino Red Dolphins squad for the 2019–20 season is:
|Hino Red Dolphins squad|
|(c) Denotes team captain, Bold denotes player is internationally capped|
- チームの紹介 [Team introduction]. Hino Red Dolphins (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 25 May 2015. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
- "Red Dolphins Hino". The Rugby Archive. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
- チームの歴史 [Team history]. Hino Red Dolphins (in Japanese). Retrieved 30 January 2017.
- "2018 Players & Staff". Hino Red Dolphins. Retrieved 29 November 2018.