Coca-Cola Red Sparks
|Full name||Coca-Cola Red Sparks|
|Union||Japan Rugby Football Union|
|League(s)||Top Challenge League|
|2018–19||16th (Top League) |
The Coca-Cola Red Sparks are a Japanese company-owned rugby union team based in Fukuoka city, Kyūshū. The coach is currently Shogo Mukai (appointed April 1, 2004), the former Japan national rugby union team coach during the 2003 Rugby Union World Cup.
The team was initially founded as Kitakyushu Coca-Cola and then changed its name to Coca-Cola West Japan.
The team won promotion to the expanded Top League of 14 teams at the end of the 2005–06 season, and was renamed Coca-Cola West Red Sparks. The club motto is "Have Guts Have Glory" and their slogan for 2006 season: "Always Attack & Aggressive". In the fourth Top League (2006–07) the team came 10th, with four wins, nine losses and 21 points. It therefore did not need to take part in any play-offs. Sanix, the local rivals, came ninth.
In 2014, the team was renamed the Coca-Cola Red Sparks. They were relegated after the 2018/ 19 season.
The Coca-Cola Red Sparks squad for the 2019–20 season is:
|Coca-Cola Red Sparks squad|
|(c) Denotes team captain, Bold denotes player is internationally capped|
- George Leaupepe - Centre
- Luke Andrews - No.8
- Mark Ranby - Centre
- Benjamin Jones - Full Back
- Soushi Fuchigami - Fly Half
- Glenn Paterson - Fly Half
- Nick Cummins - Wing
- Sam Afro Wykes - Second row
- Earl Va'a 2017–present
- "Coca-Cola Red Sparks: The Team". Coca-Cola Red sparks (in Japanese). Retrieved 29 November 2018.