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.


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]


  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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