Coca-Cola Red Sparks

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Coca-Cola Red Sparks
コカ・コーラレッドスパークス
Red sparks logo.png
Full name Coca-Cola Red Sparks
Union Japan Rugby Football Union
Nickname(s) Red Sparks
Founded 1966
Location Fukuoka, Japan
Ground(s) Level-5 Stadium
Chairman 22,563
Coach(es) Earl Va'a
League(s) Top League
2016–17 14th
1st kit
2nd kit

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.

The team is now (2013) one of two teams from Kyūshū in the Top League. The other one is Kyuden Voltex. The team mascot's name is Sparky.

In 2014, the team was renamed the Coca-Cola Red Sparks.

Squad[edit]

The current Coca-Cola Red Sparks squad is:[1]

Coca-Cola Red Sparks squad

Props

Hookers

Locks

Loose Forwards

Scrum-halves

Fly-halves

Centres

Wingers

Fullbacks

(c) Denotes team captain, Bold denotes player is internationally capped

Former[edit]

Coaches[edit]

Home ground[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Coca-Cola Red Sparks: The Team". Coca-Cola Red sparks (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 4 May 2016. Retrieved 25 February 2017. 

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