Coca Cola West Red Sparks

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Coca Cola West Red Sparks
Full name Coca Cola West Red Sparks
Union Japan Rugby Football Union
Nickname(s) Red Sparks
Founded 1966
Location Fukuoka, Japan
Ground(s) Sawayaka Sports Park
Coach(es) Shogo Mukai
Team kit

Coca Cola West Red Sparks RFC (formerly Coca Cola West Japan and originally Kitakyushu Coca Cola when founded) is a Japanese company-owned rugby union team based in Fukuoka city, Kyūshū. The coach is currently Shogo Mukai (appointed April 1, 2004), the former Japan national rugby union team coach during the 2003 Rugby Union World Cup.

The team won promotion to the expanded Top League of 14 teams at the end of the 2005-6 season, and was renamed Coca Cola West Red Sparks. The club motto is "Have Guts Have Glory" and their slogan for 2006 season: "Always Attack & Aggressive". In the fourth Top League (2006-7) the team came 10th, with four wins, nine losses and 21 points. It therefore did not need to take part in any play-offs. Sanix, the local rivals, came ninth.

The team is now (2013) one of two teams from Kyūshū in the Top League. The other one is Kyuden Voltex. The team mascot's name is Sparky.


Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under IRB eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-IRB nationality.

Player Position Union
Kenji Kura Hooker Japan Japan
Shintarou Hinokuma Hooker Japan Japan
Katsunori Yamashita Prop Japan Japan
Ken Matsuo Prop Japan Japan
Tatsukichi Nishiura Prop Japan Japan
Ryo Iwamoto Prop Japan Japan
Yusaku Kuwazuru Lock Japan Japan
Hidetoshi Mine Lock Japan Japan
Wataru Horita Lock Japan Japan
Takeshi Matsumoto Lock Japan Japan
Shuhei Kawashita Lock Japan Japan
Wayne Ormond Flanker New Zealand New Zealand
Kei Okada Flanker Japan Japan
Angus MacDonald Flanker New Zealand New Zealand
Tomohiro Yamaguchi Flanker Japan Japan
Akihiro Iwanaga Flanker Japan Japan
Yuki Ishimaru Flanker Japan Japan
Jonny Faamatuainu Flanker Samoa Samoa
Elone Takitaki Number 8 Tonga Tonga
Shigeki Uemoto Number 8 Japan Japan
Player Position Union
Keisuke Takeuchi Scrum-half Japan Japan
Takeshi Katsuki Scrum-half Japan Japan
Kotaro Morihara Scrum-half Japan Japan
Soushi Fuchigami Fly-half Japan Japan
Tetsuya Fukuda Fly-half Japan Japan
Hisatoshi Yamada Fly-half Japan Japan
Wataru Yoshihara Fly-half Japan Japan
Shaun Webb Fly-half Japan Japan
Brendan Neilson Centre Japan Japan
Lelea Paea Centre Australia Australia
Nick Cummins Wing Australia Australia
Masaru Kanahori Wing Japan Japan
Taiki Koyanagi Wing Japan Japan
Brett Stapleton Wing Australia Australia
Masahiro Tsuiki Wing Japan Japan
Shigehisa Tokuzumi Fullback Japan Japan
Yamato Eto Fullback Japan Japan
Daisuke Haradome Fullback Japan Japan
Genki Matsuoka Fullback Japan Japan




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