Toru Kurihara

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Toru Kurihara
Date of birth (1978-08-12) 12 August 1978 (age 36)
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 13 st)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Wing, Fullback
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Suntory Sungoliath
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2000-2003  Japan 28 (347)

Toru Kurihara (栗原 徹 Kurihara Tōru?, born 12 August 1978 in Ibaraki Prefecture) is a Japanese rugby union player. He plays as a fullback or wing.

He played for Suntory Sungoliath.

Kurihara had 27 caps for Japan, from 2000 to 2003, scoring 20 tries, 71 conversions and 35 penalties, 347 points on aggregate. He played four times at the 2003 Rugby World Cup, scoring 1 try, 4 conversions and 9 penalties, 40 points in aggregate. He has been absent from his National Team since then.

Kurihara made History when he scored 6 tries and 15 conversions, 60 points on aggregate, in the 120-3 win over Taiwan, on 21 July 2002, in a Rugby World Cup qualifier,[1] setting a new world record for points in a match.

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