Kobe Steel Kobelco Steelers

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Kobe Steel Kobelco Steelers
Full name Kobe Steel Kobelco Steelers
Union Japan Rugby Football Union
Nickname(s) Kobelco Steelers
Founded 1928
Location Kobe, Japan
Ground(s) Nadahama (Capacity: 500)
Home's Stadium Kobe (Capacity: 30,132)
Coach(es) Yūji Sonoda
Captain(s) Daiki Hashimoto
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website

Kobe Steel Kobelco Steelers (神戸製鋼コベルコスティーラーズ Kobe Seiko Koberuko Suti-ra-zu) are a Japanese rugby union team owned by Kobe Steel, Ltd., and based in Kobe. They were the first ever Top League champions when the League started in the 2003-4 season. They were coached by Terunori Masuho a former Waseda and Steelers player but he resigned after the 2006-7 season when the team was placed 6th in the Top League. For now Seiji Hirao is the coach.

The team plays its home games at Home's Stadium Kobe (formerly Kobe Wing Stadium).


Current Squad[edit]

Position Name Nationality
Head Coach Yūji Sonoda  Japan
Forwards Coach Nicholas Horten  New Zealand
Technical Advisor Steve Cumberland  Australia
Skills & Backs Coach Nicholas Collins  Australia
Team Manager Hiroshi Fukunaga  Japan

Senior playing squad, 2013/14 season[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
Yuji Matsubara Hooker Japan Japan
Naonori Mizuyama Hooker Japan Japan
Takeshi Kizu Hooker Japan Japan
Masayuki Murakami Hooker Japan Japan
Yoshimitsu Yasue Prop Japan Japan
Tsutomu Nagae Prop Japan Japan
Hiroya Sawai Prop Japan Japan
Motoko Yamazaki Prop Japan Japan
Masahiko Nakagawa Prop Japan Japan
Hisateru Hirashima Prop Japan Japan
Hiroshi Yamashita Prop Japan Japan
Eiko Yoshida Prop Japan Japan
Andries Bekker Lock South Africa South Africa
Ryuta Yasui Lock Japan Japan
Daisuke Maeda Lock Japan Japan
Hikaru Okubo Lock Japan Japan
Shoji Ito Lock Japan Japan
Hajime Uemura Lock Japan Japan
Yu Shimizu Lock Japan Japan
Takahiro Suzuki Flanker Japan Japan
Yoshinobu Arai Flanker Japan Japan
Shohei Maekawa Flanker Japan Japan
Hajime Uemura Flanker Japan Japan
Daiki Hashimoto Flanker Japan Japan (C)
Josh Blackie Flanker New Zealand New Zealand
Pasuka Mapakaitolo Number 8 Tonga Tonga
Itaru Taniguchi Number 8 Japan Japan
Yuta Nakano Number 8 Japan Japan
Player Position Union
Daijiro Tanaka Scrum-half Japan Japan
Nathan Anderson Scrum-half New Zealand New Zealand
Satoru Sawatari Scrum-half Japan Japan
Takahashi Sato Scrum-half Japan Japan
Kyohei Morita Fly-half Japan Japan
Peter Grant Fly-half South Africa South Africa
Ryohei Yamanaka Fly-half Japan Japan
Craig Wing Centre Australia Australia
Daisuke Yamamoto Centre Japan Japan
Jaque Fourie Centre South Africa South Africa
Yuta Imamura Centre Japan Japan
Naoya Minamihashi Centre Japan Japan
Fraser Anderson Centre New Zealand New Zealand
Sou Noda Wing Japan Japan
Yusuke Hamashima Wing Japan Japan
Yoshikazu Ohashi Wing Japan Japan
Kenji Syomen Fullback Japan Japan (VC)
Hiedki Tanabe Fullback Japan Japan
Tsuyoshi Iguchi Fullback Japan Japan


Past players[edit]


External links[edit]