Honda HEAT Rugby Football Club

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Team name Honda HEAT
Company’s name Honda Motor Co., Ltd., Suzuka Factory
Address
(Training ground and offices)
Address: 6731-2 Sumiyoshi-cho, Suzuka-shi, Mie Prefecture 513-0825
Honda Active Land
Inquiries TEL/FAX: (059) 370-7357

The origin of the name Honda HEAT

Team Uniform

First uniform
Second uniform

Team logo & Character

Team logo
Character

History

1960 The team was founded as an employees’ sports club at Honda Motors’ Suzuka Factory.
1961 The team was formally recognized as an official Honda team, was legally registered as an Association, and began playing in the Mie Prefecture amateur league.
1973 The team joined the Kansai C League, and won the championship in the League’s C2 division.
1975 Having been promoted to the Kansai B League, the team placed 2nd in the Kansai C League championship.
1978 Having been promoted to the Kansai A League, the team placed 6th in the Kansai A League Championship, and was ranked among the best eight teams nationwide.
1985 The team was demoted to the Kansai B League.
1986 Having been promoted back to the Kansai A League, the team placed 4th in the Kansai A League championship.
1992 The team placed 2nd in the Kansai A League championship.
2000 The team placed 5th in the Kansai A League championship, and played in the All-Japan Championship.
2001 The team placed 8th in the Kansai A League championship
2002 The team placed 7th in the Kansai A League championship.
2003 The team placed 6th in the Top West A League championship.
2004 The team placed 2nd in the Top West A League championship.
The team lost to World Fighting Bull in the Top League promotion and relegation playoffs.
2005 The team placed 2nd in the Top West A League championship.
The team lost to Ricoh Black Rams in the Top League promotion and relegation playoffs.
2006 The team placed 2nd in the Top West A League championship.
The team lost to Ricoh Black Rams in the Top League promotion and relegation playoffs.
2007 The team placed 3rd in the Top West A League Championship.
2008 The team won the Top West A League championship.
The team placed 2nd in the Top Challenge series.
The team secured promotion to the Top League.
2009 The team competed in the Top League for the first time.
The team placed 13th in the Top League (with 1 win and 13 losses), and was relegated to the Top West League.
2010 The team placed 2nd in the Top West A League.
The team placed 2nd in the Top Challenge series.
The team secured promotion to the Top League again.
2011 Competing in the Top League, the team placed 13th (with 2 wins and 11 losses), and was relegated to the Top West League.
2012 The team placed 2nd in the Top West A League.
The team placed 2nd in the Top Challenge II series.
2013 The team won the Top West A League championship.
The team placed 2nd in the Top Challenge series.
The team lost to NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes in the Top League promotion and relegation playoffs.
2014 The team won the Top West A League championship.
The team came first in the Top Challenge I series, having won all three of its games.
The team was automatically promoted to the Top League.
2015 The team placed 7th in Top League GroupA (with 1 win and 6 losses).
The team placed 11th in Top League (with 2 wins and 1 lose in the play-off).
2016 The team placed 16th in Top League (with 1 win and 14 losses) and was automatically relegated to Top Challenge League.
2017 The team won 1st in the First stage of Top Challenge League with the complete victory of all 7 games.
The team won Top Challenge League with complete victory of all 3 games in the Second Stage and was automatically promoted to Top League.
2018 The team placed 5th in Top League White conference (with 2 wins , 1 draw and 4 losses).
The team placed 9th in Top League play-off (with 3 wins in the play-off).
The team placed 4th in Top League Cup PoolA (with 3 losses).
The team placed 14th in Top League Cup play-off (with 1 win and 1 lose in the play-off).
2018-2019season Team Promotion Video
The Honda Rugby Club in the early days
Playing against Kobe Steel in 1986 (Honda are in the red and blue jerseys)
Playing against Fukuoka Sanix in 2000 (Honda are in the white jerseys)
Playing against Toyota in 2001 (Honda are in the blue jerseys)
Honda HEAT (in black jerseys) won the Top West League championship in 2008
Honda HEAT (in flame-pattern jerseys) were promoted to the Top League in 2014 after winning all three of their games in the Top Challenge I series
Honda HEAT (in black and red jersey) were automatically promoted to the Top League after winning all of the Top Challenge League games.