IBM Big Blue

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IBM Big Blue
日本IBMビッグブルー
Logo ibmbigblue.png
Full name IBM Big Blue
Union Japan Rugby Football Union
Nickname(s) Big Blue, BBB
Founded 1976
Location Yachiyo, Chiba, Japan
Ground(s) IBM Yachiyodai Ground
Coach(es) Hiroki Ando
Team kit

IBM Big Blue is a Japanese semi-professional rugby union team in the Top League, founded in 1976 by IBM. The company decided to make rugby, along with baseball and American football, one of the official company sports in 1989, which allowed the rugby club to gain support and momentum.

Big Blue won promotion from the Japan East Ten league to the Top League at the end of the League's first season (2003-4) but was then automatically relegated by coming 12th in the second season (2004-5). The team returned to the Top League for the 2006-7 season. It is based in Chiba prefecture in the Kanto area.

The former head Coach, Ippei Onishi, is a former captain of Kobe Kobelco Steelers. As of 2007–2008, the coach is Hiroki Ando. USA Eagle flyhalf Mike Hercus is a notable alumnus.

Squad 2011/2012[edit]

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
Atsushi Yamaga Prop Japan Japan
Kochi Nakamura Prop Japan Japan
Takayuki Kinoshita Prop Japan Japan
Keisuke Ando Hooker Japan Japan
Shinji Terayama Hooker Japan Japan
Hiroshi Ebisawa Hooker Japan Japan
Tatsuji Yoshida Hooker Japan Japan
Hiromitsu Matsuba Lock Japan Japan
Takamasa Maruyama Lock Japan Japan
Takumi Nishikawa Lock Japan Japan
Hiroaki Tatsumichi Lock Japan Japan
Keisuke Omata Flanker Japan Japan
Daigo Fujita Flanker Japan Japan
Yosuke Watanabe Flanker Japan Japan
Player Position Union
Nagamasa Miyazawa Scrum-half Japan Japan
Katsuya Higuchi Scrum-half Japan Japan
Kento Ikeda Scrum-half Japan Japan
Sogen Masumoto Fly-half Japan Japan
Takuya Himeno Centre Japan Japan
Muso Imamura Centre Japan Japan
Tatsunori Kojima Wing Japan Japan
Hiromichi Ikeda Wing Japan Japan
Hideki Ishibashi Fullback Japan Japan
Yuta Kato Fullback Japan Japan

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