Japan national rugby union team

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 Japan
Logo JRFU.svg
Union Japan Rugby Football Union
Nickname(s) The Cherry Blossoms / Brave Blossoms
Emblem(s) the Sakura
Coach(es) Eddie Jones
Captain(s) Michael Leitch
Most caps Hitoshi Ono (85)
Top scorer Ayumu Goromaru (505)
Most tries Daisuke Ohata (69)[1]
Team kit
Change kit
First international
 Japan 9 – 8 Canada 
(31 January 1932)
Largest win
 Japan 155 – 3 Chinese Taipei 
(1 July 2002)
Largest defeat
 New Zealand 145 – 17 Japan 
(4 June 1995)
World Cup
Appearances 7 (First in 1987)
Best result third in pool 1 win 1991

The Japan national rugby union team (often known as the Cherry Blossoms or more recently the Brave Blossoms) represent Japan in international rugby union competitions. Japan is traditionally the strongest rugby union power in Asia but has both enjoyed and endured mixed results against non-Asian teams over the years. Rugby union in Japan is administered by the Japan Rugby Football Union (JRFU), which was founded in 1926. They compete annually in the Pacific Nations Cup and the Asian Five Nations. They have also participated in every Rugby World Cup since the tournament began in 1987. However they have only ever won one game at the tournament, against Zimbabwe in 1991.

Rugby was introduced to Japan in 1899 and Japan's first international was a match against a Canadian team in 1932. Notable games for Japan include a victory over the Junior All Blacks in 1968, and a narrow 6–3 loss to England in 1971. Famous wins by Japan include a 28–24 victory over a Scotland XV in 1989 and a 23-8 victory over Wales in 2013. In the 2007 Rugby World Cup, Japan drew 12–12 against Canada, their second best result in the tournament. In 2011, Japan displayed its progress by winning the 2011 IRB Pacific Nations Cup, played against Fiji, Samoa and Tonga. Further progess was displayed in 2014 when Japan completed a string of ten consecutive test wins (a record for a tier 2 team) to rank in the world's top 10 teams.[2]

History[edit]

Main article: Rugby union in Japan

The first recorded instance of rugby being played in Japan was in 1874, when British sailors staged a game in Yokohama. The sport was introduced to students at Keio University in 1899 by Professor Edward Bramwell Clarke and Tanaka Ginnosuke. Japan's first international match took place on 31 January 1932 when a trade delegation from Canada brought the Canada national rugby union team, who were also playing their first game. The Japanese won 9–8.

Japan beat the Junior All Blacks 23–19 in 1968 after losing the first four matches on a tour of New Zealand, but they won the last five. The Japanese (coached by Waseda University Professor Onishi Tetsunosuke) lost by just 3–6 to England in Tokyo on 29 September 1971 in the RFU's centenary year. The 1973 Japan rugby union tour of Wales, England and France was less successful with the side winning only two of their eleven matches, and losing the international matches against Wales and France. Ten years later Japan gave Wales a fright in losing by a slim five-point margin, 24–29, at Cardiff Arms Park on 2 October 1983.

On 28 May 1989, a strong Japan coached by Hiroaki Shukuzawa defeated an uncapped Scotland, missing nine British Lions on tour in Australia, for the first time at Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, 28–24. The Japan team included such Kobe Steel stalwarts as centre Seiji Hirao (captain), and locks Atsushi Oyagi and Toshiyuki Hayashi (38 Japan caps and a member of Oxford University's all-time best XV). Sinali Latu at No. 8 was then a fourth year student at Daito Bunka University, and speedy Yoshihito Yoshida on the wing (no. 14) was a third year at Meiji University. Scotland missed an incredible seven penalties and refused the kicking tee which was generously offered – as a surviving video of the game shows. It was almost the same Japanese team which defeated Zimbabwe in RWC1991.

Under Shogo Mukai (2001−2003)[edit]

After Hirao resigned, Toshiba Brave Lupus coach Shogo Mukai was appointed in March 2001 to lead Japan up to the 2003 Rugby World Cup. After mixed fortunes in his first two years in charge, Japan put in some impressive performances at the tournament with good efforts against Scotland and France, nevertheless they still left the tournament having failed to reach their target of winning some matches but still won admirers for their exciting brand of play. Mukai left his post after the tournament to spend more time with his family.

Under Mitsutake Hagimoto (2004−2005)[edit]

After Shogo Mukai left after the 2003 Rugby World Cup, the JRFU initially tried to appoint Eddie Jones from his post with Australia but were unsuccessful and instead appointed Mitsutake Hagimoto in March 2004 after he won the inaugural Top League with the Kobelco Steelers. Under Hagimoto, Japan decided they would not select foreign born players after Mukai had been criticised for playing too many at the World Cup.

Hagimoto's first match in charge was a disappointing draw with Korea, but his first few matches in charge after that were promising with wins over Russia and Canada to win the Super Powers Cup and pushed Italy close losing 32−19.

However in November 2004, Japan went on a disastrous tour to Europe where they were embarrassingly thrashed 100−8 by Scotland and 98-0 by Wales and also were comfortably defeated by Romania. Japan's performances were described as "pathetic", and the squad was called "a joke" with some key players ignored or not given permission to travel.

This disastrous tour forced a rethink from Hagimoto and foreign born players were brought back into the side in 2005, but after losing twice to Ireland in June he was sacked and with just 5 wins from 15 matches was the least successful coach for Japan in the professional era.

Under Jean-Pierre Élissalde (2005–2006)[edit]

Japan play Tonga at Honjo stadium on 4 June 2006

After Hagimoto left his post at the end of June 2005, Jean-Pierre Élissalde who had been appointed backs coach three months earlier took full charge and became the first foreigner to be the head coach for Japan. His first match in charge was a 44−29 win over Spain in November 2005.

In 2006, despite a disappointing campaign in the inaugural Pacific Nations Cup in June where Japan lost all their matches, and also lost to heavily to Italy 52-6, Élissalde was backed to lead the side to the 2007 Rugby World Cup. But Élissalde was later sacked in September after he took on a job with Bayonne without consulting the JRFU and then refused to give up his job with them.[3] Assistant coach Osamu Ota took over as caretaker coach for two Rugby World Cup qualifiers in November 2006.

Under John Kirwan (2007–2011)[edit]

Japan plays Australia A on 8 June 2008

John Kirwan was appointed head coach on in October 2006 after Elissalde was sacked. He initially worked as an advisor to caretaker coach Osamu Ota before taking over the job completely in 2007.

After starting with large wins over the Asian opposition, Japan only won one of their remaining 10 fixtures in 2007, although in the 2007 Rugby World Cup they did gain a draw with a last minute touchline conversion from Shotaro Onishi against Canada to end a long losing streak of World Cup matches stretching back to 1991.

Results began to pick up after the 2007 World Cup and Kirwan led Japan up to a high of 13th in the IRB Rankings and to win their first ever Pacific Nations Cup title in 2011 after they beat Fiji away for the first ever time in Japan's history.

However despite more positive results in between World Cups, Japan had a disappointing 2011 Rugby World Cup, losing 31−18 to Tonga who they had beaten four consecutive times in a row since 2008, and drawing again to Canada who they had beaten 46−8 and 27−6 in 2009, and Japan left the World Cup winless meaning they still hadn't won a match at the tournament since 1991. Kirwan came under pressure after the tournament and he resigned from his post after his contract came to the end at the end of the year.

The tenure of Kirwan as coach was notable for a large amount of imports he selected. Players who originated from New Zealand such as James Arlidge, Bryce Robins, Shaun Webb, Ryan Nicholas, Luke Thompson or Tonga such as Alisi Tupuailei and Sione Vatuvei all featured prominently under Kirwan. The large percentage of foreigners in the national team also caused criticism for Kirwan. However despite failing to bring Japan a World Cup win, Kirwan left his post as the most successful Japan coach of the professional era with a win rate of 58.18% from 55 matches.

Under Eddie Jones (2012–)[edit]

Kirwan chose not to renew his contract as head coach when it expired at the end of 2011, and the Japan Rugby Football Union announced that former Australia coach, Eddie Jones, would be his successor.[4] Jones stated that his intention was to take the Japanese national team into the top 10 on the international rankings, and that they must develop a style of play to allow them to win games against teams such as Scotland and Wales.

Jones made his debut as Japan head coach against Kazakhstan. He had selected a total of 10 uncapped players out of the 22 selected players. They went on to win the match 87−0. They then had a big win over United Arab Emirates where young 18 year old Yoshikazu Fujita set a new Asian Five Nations record for the most tries in a single match with a total of 6. This was also Fujita's international debut.[5]

In 2013, Jones led Japan to their sixth consecutive championship win in the Asian Five Nations, where Japan achieved a tournament record score of 121−0 against the Philippines. In May, the nation lost their opening match of the 2013 IRB Pacific Nations Cup to Tonga, followed by a defeat to Fiji in the second round. Following these matches, Japan faced a 2-test series against Wales (although due to lions duty 15 players were in Australia) of which the series ended in a 1−1 draw. Japan lost narrowly, 18−22, in the first test, but won the second test 23−8. This was the first time that Japan had recorded a victory over the Welsh.

On 16 October 2013, Jones was hospitalised after having a suspected stroke and was released from hospital 2 days later on 18 October 2013.[6][7] With the announcement of his release from hosptial, it was announced that Jones will miss Japan's 2013 end-of-year rugby union tests against New Zealand, Scotland, Gloucester, Russia and Spain, and former Australia skills coach and current technical adviser for Japan Scott Wisemantel will interim coach Japan for their 2013 end-of-year rugby union tests.[8]

Rugby World Cup[edit]

Japan has participated in the Rugby World Cup since its inception in 1987, and has made appearances in all tournaments thus far. Despite this, they have experienced little success, with just one victory over Zimbabwe in 1991, and two draws with Canada in 2007 and 2011. They will be the home team for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, which is to be held in Japan.

World Cup record World Cup Qualification record
Year Round P W D L F A P W D L F A
AustraliaNew Zealand 1987 Pool Stage 3 0 0 3 48 123 Automatically qualified
United KingdomRepublic of IrelandFrance 1991 Pool Stage 3 1 0 2 77 87 3 2 0 1 65 63
South Africa 1995 Pool Stage 3 0 0 3 55 252 4 4 0 0 210 52
Wales 1999 Pool Stage 3 0 0 3 36 140 3 3 0 0 221 25
Australia 2003 Pool Stage 4 0 0 4 79 163 4 4 0 0 420 47
France 2007 Pool Stage 4 0 1 3 64 210 6 6 0 0 379 60
New Zealand 2011 Pool Stage 4 0 1 3 69 184 4 4 0 0 326 30
England 2015 - - - - - - - 8 8 0 0 658 41
Japan 2019 To be determined To be determined
Total 8/8 24 1 2 21 428 1159 32 31 0 1 2279 318

Overall[edit]

Top 25 Rankings as 14 July 2014[9]
Rank Change* Team Points
1 Steady  New Zealand 93.81
2 Steady  South Africa 89.34
3 Steady  Australia 86.94
4 Steady  England 85.68
5 Steady  Ireland 83.44
6 Steady  Wales 80.70
7 Steady  France 80.01
8 Steady  Scotland 77.78
9 Steady  Samoa 76.59
10 Steady  Japan 75.39
11 Steady  Fiji 74.56
12 Steady  Argentina 73.98
13 Steady  Tonga 72.58
14 Steady  Italy 70.92
15 Steady  Georgia 70.46
16 Steady  Romania 68.42
17 Steady  Canada 68.01
18 Steady  United States 67.30
19 Steady  Uruguay 62.89
20 Steady  Russia 62.06
21 Steady  Spain 60.65
22 Steady  Namibia 58.78
23 Steady  Hong Kong 58.47
24 Steady  Portugal 57.73
25 Steady  South Korea 57.22
*Change from the previous week
Japan's Historical Rankings
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Source: IRB - Graph updated to 20 May 2013[9]

Representative rugby matches played by a Japan national XV up until 20 June 2011[10]

Team Mat Won Lost Draw  % For Aga Diff
 Arabian Gulf 3 3 0 0 100.00 256 20 +236
 Argentina 5 1 4 0 20.00 139 205 -66
 Australia 4 0 4 0 0.00 58 220 -162
 Australia A 4 0 4 0 0.00 51 242 -191
Australia Australian Universities 6 2 4 0 33.33 60 90 -30
Canada BC Bears 6 2 2 2 50.00 103 82 +21
England Cambridge University 4 1 3 0 25.00 52 110 -58
 Canada 22 12 8 2 59.09 532 528 +4
 Chinese Taipei 4 4 0 0 100.00 474 27 +447
Australia Emerging Wallabies 2 1 0 1 75.00 41 39 +2
England England Saxons 2 0 2 0 0.00 30 92 -62
England England Students 1 0 1 0 0.00 0 42 -43
England England Under-23's 2 0 2 0 0.00 25 77 -52
 England 6 0 6 0 0.00 78 191 -113
 Fiji 15 3 12 0 20.00 265 402 -137
 France 9 0 9 0 0.00 99 400 -301
 Georgia 2 2 0 0 100.00 57 29 +28
 Hong Kong 22 18 4 0 81.81 940 325 +615
Ireland Ireland Students 1 0 1 0 0.00 12 24 -12
 Ireland 7 0 7 0 0.00 111 332 -221
 Italy 5 0 5 0 0.00 64 176 -112
New Zealand Junior All Blacks 8 1 7 0 12.50 98 337 -239
 Kazakhstan 5 5 0 0 100.00 418 23 +395
 South Korea 29 22 6 1 77.58 1158 430 +728
 Netherlands 1 0 1 0 0.00 13 15 -2
 Māori 1 0 1 0 0.00 22 65 -43
New Zealand New Zealand Universities 15 2 11 2 20.00 221 417 -196
 New Zealand 5 0 5 0 0.00 34 462 -428
England Oxford and Cambridge 3 0 3 0 0.00 30 113 -83
England Oxford University 4 0 4 0 0.00 28 130 -102
 Philippines 1 1 0 0 100.00 121 0 +121
Queensland Queensland Reds 1 0 1 0 0.00 6 42 -36
 Romania 4 3 1 0 75.00 101 85 +16
 Russia 4 3 1 0 75.00 197 77 +120
 Samoa 13 2 11 0 15.38 214 463 -249
 Scotland 7 1 6 0 14.28 92 344 -252
 Singapore 1 1 0 0 100.00 45 15 +30
 Spain 2 2 0 0 100.00 74 36 +38
 Sri Lanka 2 2 0 0 100.00 134 19 +115
 Thailand 1 1 0 0 100.00 42 11 +31
 Tonga 15 7 8 0 46.66 359 409 -50
 United Arab Emirates 3 3 0 0 100.00 310 6 +304
 United States 20 7 12 1 37.50 443 585 -142
 Uruguay 1 0 1 0 0.00 18 24 -6
 Wales 13 1 12 0 7.69 185 722 -537
Wales Welsh Clubs 1 0 1 0 0.00 9 63 -54
 Zimbabwe 1 1 0 0 100.00 52 8 +44
Total 293 114 170 9 40.44 7871 8555 -684

Tour[edit]


Wins against Tier 1 nations[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Japanese 28-man squad for the 2014 IRB Pacific Nations Cup against Canada and the United States.[12]

  • Caps updated: 21 June 2014


Note: Flags indicate national union for the club/province as defined by the International Rugby Board.

Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Caps Club/province
Shota Horie Hooker (1986-01-21) 21 January 1986 (age 28) 32 Australia Melbourne Rebels
Takeshi Kizu Hooker (1988-07-15) 15 July 1988 (age 26) 28 Japan Kobelco Steelers
Kensuke Hatakeyama Prop (1985-08-02) 2 August 1985 (age 28) 57 Japan Suntory Sungoliath
Hisateru Hirashima Prop (1983-01-05) 5 January 1983 (age 31) 35 Japan Kobelco Steelers
Masataka Mikami Prop (1988-06-04) 4 June 1988 (age 26) 21 Japan Toshiba Brave Lupus
Hiroshi Yamashita Prop (1986-01-01) 1 January 1986 (age 28) 36 Japan Kobelco Steelers
Shoji Ito Lock (1980-12-02) 2 December 1980 (age 33) 26 Japan Kobelco Steelers
Justin Ives Lock (1984-05-24) 24 May 1984 (age 30) 23 Japan Canon Eagles
Shinya Makabe Lock (1987-03-26) 26 March 1987 (age 27) 27 Japan Suntory Sungoliath
Hitoshi Ono Lock (1978-05-06) 6 May 1978 (age 36) 85 Japan Toshiba Brave Lupus
Luke Thompson Lock (1981-04-16) 16 April 1981 (age 33) 48 Japan Kintetsu Liners
Kyosuke Horie Flanker (1990-07-11) 11 July 1990 (age 24) 2 Japan Yamaha Júbilo
Michael Leitch (c) Flanker (1988-10-07) 7 October 1988 (age 25) 37 Japan Toshiba Brave Lupus
Hendrik Tui Flanker (1987-12-13) 13 December 1987 (age 26) 25 Japan Suntory Sungoliath
Ryu Holani Number 8 (1981-10-25) 25 October 1981 (age 32) 35 Japan Panasonic Wild Knights
Takashi Kikutani Number 8 (1980-02-24) 24 February 1980 (age 34) 68 England Saracens
Atsushi Hiwasa Scrum-half (1987-05-22) 22 May 1987 (age 27) 37 Japan Suntory Sungoliath
Fumiaki Tanaka Scrum-half (1985-01-03) 3 January 1985 (age 29) 44 New Zealand Highlanders
Ryoto Nakamura Fly-half (1991-06-03) 3 June 1991 (age 23) 4 Japan Teikyo University
Harumichi Tatekawa Fly-half (1989-12-02) 2 December 1989 (age 24) 26 Australia Brumbies
Kotaro Matsushima Centre (1993-02-23) 23 February 1993 (age 21) 4 Japan Suntory Sungoliath
Male Sa'u Centre (1987-10-13) 13 October 1987 (age 26) 18 Australia Melbourne Rebels
Yuu Tamura Centre (1989-01-09) 9 January 1989 (age 25) 25 Japan NEC Green Rockets
Yoshikazu Fujita Wing (1993-09-08) 8 September 1993 (age 20) 18 Japan Waseda University
Kenki Fukuoka Wing (1992-09-07) 7 September 1992 (age 21) 11 Japan University of Tsukuba
Toshiaki Hirose Wing (1981-10-17) 17 October 1981 (age 32) 21 Japan Toshiba Brave Lupus
Akihito Yamada Wing (1986-07-26) 26 July 1986 (age 28) 9 Japan Panasonic Wild Knights
Ayumu Goromaru Fullback (1986-03-01) 1 March 1986 (age 28) 41 Japan Yamaha Júbilo

Notable former players[edit]

Coaches[edit]

Individual all-time records[edit]

Most matches[edit]

# Player Pos Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Won Lost Draw %
1. Hitoshi Ono Lock 2004- 85 68 17 65 13 0 0 0 53 29 3 64.11
2. Hirotoki Onozawa Wing 2001-2013 81 73 8 275 55 0 0 0 41 37 3 52.46
3. Yukio Motoki Centre 1991-2005 79 73 6 45 9 0 0 0 31 47 1 39.87
4. Takashi Kikutani Number 8 2005- 68 57 11 160 32 0 0 0 41 26 1 61.02
5. Takeomi Ito Number 8 1996-2005 63 40 23 30 6 0 0 0 26 36 1 42.06
6. Daisuke Ohata Wing 1996-2006 58 55 3 345 69 0 0 0 27 30 1 47.41
7. Kensuke Hatakeyama Prop 2008- 57 42 15 45 9 0 0 0 40 16 1 71.05
8. Masahiro Kunda Hooker 1990-1999 48 45 3 5 1 0 0 0 20 28 0 41.66
Takuro Miuchi Number 8 2002-2008 48 47 1 35 7 0 0 0 20 27 1 42.70
Luke Thompson Lock 2007- 48 39 9 35 7 0 0 0 28 18 2 60.41

Last updated: Japan vs Italy, 21 June 2014. Statistics include officially capped matches only.[13]

Most tries[edit]

# Player Pos Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop
1. Daisuke Ohata Wing 1996-2006 58 55 3 345 69 0 0 0
2. Hirotoki Onozawa Wing 2001-2013 81 73 8 275 55 0 0 0
3. Takashi Kikutani Number 8 2005- 68 57 11 160 32 0 0 0
4. Terunori Masuho Wing 1991-2001 47 46 1 147 29 1 1 0
5. Yoshikazu Fujita Wing 2012- 18 13 5 110 22 0 0 0
6. Toru Kurihara Wing 2000-2003 28 23 5 347 20 71 35 0
Alisi Tupuailei Centre 2009-2011 20 13 7 100 20 0 0 0
8. Ryu Holani Number 8 2008-2014 35 30 5 95 19 0 0 0
Tadayuki Ito Wing 1963-1974 19 18 1 63 19 0 0 0
Yoshihito Yoshida Wing 1988-1997 31 30 1 97 19 7 1 0

Last updated: Japan vs Italy, 21 June 2014. Statistics include officially capped matches only.[14]

Most points[edit]

# Player Pos Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop
1. Ayumu Goromaru Fullback 2005- 41 36 5 505 15 128 58 0
2. Keiji Hirose Fly-half 1994-2005 40 34 6 422 5 77 79 2
3. Toru Kurihara Wing 2000-2003 28 23 5 347 20 71 35 0
4. Daisuke Ohata Wing 1996-2006 58 55 3 345 69 0 0 0
5. James Arlidge Fly-half 2007-2011 32 23 9 286 8 78 28 2
6. Hirotoki Onozawa Wing 2001- 81 73 8 275 55 0 0 0
7. Shaun Webb Fly-half 2008-2011 35 26 9 198 18 45 6 0
8. Ryan Nicholas Centre 2008-2012 38 37 1 193 9 53 14 0
9. Takashi Kikutani Number 8 2005- 68 57 11 160 32 0 0 0
10. Terunori Masuho Wing 1991-2001 47 46 1 147 29 1 1 0

Last updated: Japan vs Italy, 21 June 2014. Statistics include officially capped matches only.[15]

Most points in a match[edit]

# Player Pos Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Opposition Venue Date
1. Toru Kurihara Wing 60 6 15 0 0  Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei Tainan 21/07/2002
2. Daisuke Ohata Wing 40 8 0 0 0  Chinese Taipei Japan Tokyo 21/07/2002
3. Ayumu Goromaru Fullback 37 1 16 0 0  Sri Lanka Japan Nagoya 10/05/2014
4. Ayumu Goromaru Fullback 36 1 14 1 0  Philippines Japan Fukuoka 20/04/2013
5. Toru Kurihara Wing 35 2 11 1 0  South Korea Japan Tokyo 16/06/2002
6. Keiji Hirose Fly-half 34 1 1 9 0  Tonga Japan Tokyo 08/05/1999
7. Ayumu Goromaru Fullback 32 2 11 0 0  Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Almaty 28/04/2012
8. Keiji Hirose Fly-half 31 0 11 3 0  Hong Kong Japan Tokyo 08/05/2005
9. 4 players on 30 points

Last updated: Japan vs Italy, 21 June 2014. Statistics include officially capped matches only.[16]

Most tries in a match[edit]

# Player Pos Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Opposition Venue Date
1. Daisuke Ohata Wing 40 8 0 0 0  Chinese Taipei Japan Tokyo 07/07/2002
2. Toru Kurihara Wing 60 6 15 0 0  Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei Tainan 21/07/2002
Daisuke Ohata Wing 30 6 0 0 0  Hong Kong Japan Tokyo 08/05/2005
Yoshikazu Fujita Wing 30 6 0 0 0  United Arab Emirates Japan Fukuoka 05/05/2012
5. Terunori Masuho Wing 25 5 0 0 0  Chinese Taipei Singapore Singapore 27/10/1998
Kosuke Endo Wing 25 5 0 0 0  South Korea South Korea Daegu 01/05/2010
Alisi Tupuailei Centre 25 5 0 0 0  Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Colombo 21/05/2011
8. 10 players on 4 tries

Last updated: Japan vs Italy, 21 June 2014. Statistics include officially capped matches only.[17]

Most matches as captain[edit]

# Player Pos Span Mat Won Lost Draw % Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop
1. Takuro Miuchi Number 8 2002-2008 45 17 27 1 38.88 30 6 0 0 0
2. Takashi Kikutani Number 8 2008-2013 34 21 12 1 63.23 110 22 0 0 0
3. Toshiaki Hirose Wing 2012-2013 18 13 5 0 72.22 45 9 0 0 0
4. Masahiro Kunda Hooker 1993-1998 14 5 9 0 35.71 0 0 0 0 0
5. Yukio Motoki Centre 1996-1997 12 4 8 0 33.33 5 1 0 0 0
6. Seiji Hirao Centre 1989-1991 11 5 6 0 45.45 0 0 0 0 0
7. Toshiyuki Hayashi Lock 1986-1987 10 1 8 1 15.00 0 0 0 0 0
Andrew McCormick Centre 1998-1999 10 4 6 0 40.00 5 1 0 0 0
Akira Yokoi Centre 1970-1974 10 3 6 1 35.00 0 0 0 0 0
10. Tsukasa Takada Prop 1976-1978 9 1 8 0 11.11 0 0 0 0 0

Last updated: Japan vs Italy, 21 June 2014. Statistics include officially capped matches only.[18]

Youngest players[edit]

# Player Pos Age Opposition Venue Date
1. Yoshikazu Fujita Wing 18 years and 210 days  United Arab Emirates Japan Fukuoka 05/05/2012
2. Christian Loamanu Wing 18 years and 338 days  Uruguay Uruguay Montevideo 16/04/2005
3. Ayumu Goromaru (Fullback) 19 years and 46 days  Uruguay Uruguay Montevideo 16/04/2005
4. Terunori Masuho Wing 19 years and 95 days  United States United States Chicago 04/05/1991
5. Seiji Hirao Centre 19 years and 129 days New Zealand New Zealand Universities New Zealand Pukekohe 30/05/1982
6. Kenji Shomen (Fly-half) 19 years and 165 days  South Korea South Korea Ulsan 13/10/2002
7. Yoshihito Yoshida Wing 19 years and 226 days England Oxford University Japan Tokyo 01/10/1988
8. Yukio Motoki (Centre) 19 years and 243 days  United States United States Blaine 27/04/1991
9. Tsuyoshi Fujita Hooker 19 years and 251 days  Netherlands Netherlands Hilversum 04/10/1980
10. Kousuke Fujii (Lock) 19 years and 306 days  Samoa Samoa Apia 10/06/2000

Last updated: Japan vs Italy, 21 June 2014. Statistics include officially capped matches only.[19]

Oldest players[edit]

# Player Pos Age Opposition Venue Date
1. Wataru Murata Scrum-half 37 years and 145 days  Ireland Japan Tokyo 19/06/2005
2. Hitoshi Ono Lock 36 years and 46 days  Italy Japan Tokyo 21/06/2014
3. Ross Thompson Number 8 35 years and 341 days  Canada Canada Vancouver 21/06/1998
4. Hirotoki Onozawa Wing 35 years and 71 days  Wales Japan Osaka 08/06/2013
5. Glen Marsh Flanker 34 years and 316 days New Zealand Junior All Blacks Japan Tokyo 24/06/2007
6. Goshi Tachikawa Fullback 34 years and 219 days  Samoa Japan Tokyo 02/07/2011
7. Takashi Kikutani (Number 8) 34 years and 82 days  South Korea South Korea Incheon 17/05/2014
8. George Konia Centre 34 years and 79 days  United States Australia Gosford 27/10/2003
9. Robert Gordon Lock 34 years and 70 days  Argentina Wales Millennium Stadium 16/10/1999
10. Takeomi Ito (Number 8) 34 years and 69 days  Ireland Japan Tokyo 19/06/2005

Last updated: Japan vs Italy, 21 June 2014. Statistics include officially capped matches only.[20]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ This is his total number of tries for Japan. His total against Test sides is 67. For more details, see List of leading Rugby union Test try scorers.
  2. ^ Brave Blossoms break into top ten
  3. ^ "Elissalde sacked as Japan coach". 
  4. ^ "Eddie Jones appointed coach of Japan". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. December 26, 2011. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  5. ^ JRFU (May 2, 2012). "Fujita in line for historic debut". 
  6. ^ "Eddie Jones hospitalised after Japan rugby coach suffers suspected stroke - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)". Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  7. ^ "Eddie Jones released from intensive care after stroke but will miss Japan's Test with All Blacks". Retrieved 2013-10-18. 
  8. ^ a b http://www.japonrugby.net/scott-wisemantel-entraineur-par-interim-du-japon.php. Retrieved 2013-10-18.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ a b "World Rankings". International Rugby Board. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  10. ^ "Statistics for Men's International Rugby Union". Retrieved 29 June 2009. 
  11. ^ Cite error: The named reference ITA was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  12. ^ Le groupe japonais pour la Pacific Nations Cup 2014
  13. ^ http://stats.espnscrum.com/scrum/rugby/records/player/most_matches.html?id=23;type=team
  14. ^ http://stats.espnscrum.com/scrum/rugby/records/player/most_tries.html?id=23;type=team
  15. ^ http://stats.espnscrum.com/scrum/rugby/records/player/most_points.html?id=23;type=team
  16. ^ http://stats.espnscrum.com/scrum/rugby/records/player/most_points_match.html?id=23;type=team
  17. ^ http://stats.espnscrum.com/scrum/rugby/records/player/most_tries_match.html?id=23;type=team
  18. ^ http://stats.espnscrum.com/scrum/rugby/records/player/most_matches_captain.html?id=23;type=team
  19. ^ http://stats.espnscrum.com/scrum/rugby/records/player/youngest_appearance.html?id=23;type=team
  20. ^ http://stats.espnscrum.com/scrum/rugby/records/player/oldest_appearance.html?id=23;type=team

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