Daisuke Ohata

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Daisuke Ohata
Date of birth (1975-11-11) 11 November 1975 (age 38)
Height 176 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 85 kg (13 st 5 lb)
University Kyoto Sangyo University
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Wing, Centre
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1998-2002
2003
2003-2011
Kobelco Steelers
Montferrand
Kobelco Steelers

2
67

(20)
(210)
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1996-2006  Japan 58 (345)
Sevens national teams
Years Club / team Comps
 Japan

Daisuke Ohata (大畑大介; born on November 11, 1975 in Osaka) is a former Japanese rugby union player. He usually played on the wing, and sometimes at centre, for the Japanese national rugby union team. He made his name internationally as a speedy ace in the IRB World Sevens Series, and went on to become a regular member of the national team. He first played for Japan on November 9, 1996 and scored three tries that day. He is the leading rugby union Test try scorer of all time.

Life & Career[edit]

Ohata is from the Kansai area and speaks with a strong Kansai (Osaka) accent. He attended rugby nurseries Tokai Dai Gyosei High School with Koji Uehara and Yoshinori Tateyama (current teammates on Texas Rangers as of August 2011), where three were classmates, and Kyoto Sangyo University.

World Record Holder[edit]

On May 14, 2006 Ohata scored three tries for Japan against Georgia at Hanazono Stadium, in doing so claiming the world record for tries in Rugby test matches.[1] This gave him 65 tries for his country in 55 tests; he has since extended his record to 69 tries from 58 tests.[2] The record was previously held by David Campese of Australia, who scored 64 tries from 101 tests. Unlike Campese however, only a quarter of Ohata's tries were scored against major rugby union playing nations, causing controversy among some media.[3] Ohata did not take part in the Rugby World Cup 2007 as he ruptured his left Achilles tendon in an August practice match against Portugal. He had only just returned that month to the national side, having recovered from a right Achilles tendon rupture in January.[4]

Retirement[edit]

On 10 January 2011, Ohata's retirement was announced due to a knee injury.

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