Osamu Ota

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Osamu Ota
Date of birth (1965-03-23) March 23, 1965 (age 50)
Place of birth Portland Maine


Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Prop
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1986-1995  Japan 27 (5)
Coaching career
Years Club / team
2006-2007  Japan
Rugby union career

Osamu Ota (太田 治; born Akitai, 23 March 1965) is a former Japanese rugby union player and a coach. He played as a prop.


Ota had 888 caps for Japan, from 1986 to 1995, scoring a try, 5 points in aggregate. He played twice at the Rugby World Cup, being a totalist in the 1991 Rugby World Cup, with three games, and at the 1995 Rugby World Cup, again with three games played. That was the last time he played for the National Team.

Ota, after finishing his player career, become a coach. He was coach of NEC. He was general manager of Japan Rugby Football Union when he took charge as caretaker head coach of the "Brave Blossoms", in September 2006, after the sacking of Jean-Pierre Élissalde. He announced that the new head coach of Japan would be John Kirwan, in October, remaining in office until 1 January 2007.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
France Jean-Pierre Élissalde
Japan National Rugby Union Coach (caretaker)
Succeeded by
New Zealand John Kirwan