Shota Horie

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Shota Horie
Full name Shota Horie
Date of birth (1986-01-21) 21 January 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Osaka, Japan
Height 180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 104 kg (16 st 5 lb)
School Shimamoto High School
University Teikyo University
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Hooker
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2008–12 Panasonic Wild Knights 66 (120)
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2012 Otago 5 (5)
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2013– Melbourne Rebels 18 (5)
correct as of 13 July 2014.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2009– Japan 32 (30)
correct as of 22 June 2014.

Shota Horie (堀江翔太 Horie Shōta?) (born 21 January 1986 in Osaka, Japan) is a Japanese rugby union footballer. His preferred position is hooker although he can also play in the back row.[1] He represents Japan at the international level.[1] He has played for the Panasonic Wild Knights in the domestic Japanese Top League competition, and in 2013 began playing Super Rugby with the Melbourne Rebels in Australia.

Japan[edit]

Horie made his debut for Japan in 2009, and represented his country at the 2011 Rugby World Cup.[1]

Early years[edit]

Horie is a native of Osaka Prefecture. He begun playing rugby when he was a fifth-grade student, and later captained the Teikyo University rugby team.[2][3]

Super Rugby[edit]

In 2012, Horie played for Japan, and in New Zealand for Otago in the National Provincial Championship, where he attracted the attention of the Melbourne Rebels recruiting staff.[3] In November 2012, the Rebels announced Horie's signing to play Super Rugby in Australia.[4][5][6][7][8] In 2013 he became the first Japanese player to play for an Australian Super Rugby side[3] often on the reserves bench.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Shota Horie ESPN Scrum Player Profile". ESPN. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Shimizu, Masakazu; Shimbun, Yomiuri (20 February 2014). "Shota Horie, title winner of the Rugby Top League". Japan News. Yomiuri Shimbun. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Carroll, Theo (20 February 2014). "When you're big in Japan" (Press release). Melbourne Rebels. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  4. ^ Rebels Media Unit (21 November 2012). "Japanese international Shota Horie joins Rebels" (Press release). Melbourne Rebels. Retrieved 22 November 2012. 
  5. ^ Fairbairn, Pete (11 March 2013). "Horie hungry for success in Melbourne" (Press release). Melbourne Rebels. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "Rebels sign a Japanese star". Rugby 365. 21 November 2012. Retrieved 21 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "Melbourne Rebels sign Japan international hooker Shota Horie". Herald Sun. News. 21 November 2012. Retrieved 22 November 2012. 
  8. ^ "Shota Horie Player Profile". Melbourne Rebels. Retrieved 12 December 2012. 

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