Japan national rugby union team (sevens)

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Japan Sevens
Union Japan Rugby Football Union
Coach(es) Wataru Murata
Kensuke Iwabuchi
Team kit
World Cup Sevens
Appearances 6 (First in 1993)
Best result 1993 (Bowl Winners)

The Japan national rugby union team (sevens) represent Japan in international rugby sevens. The team compete in competitions such as the World Sevens Series and the Rugby World Cup Sevens.

Tournament history[edit]

A red box around the year indicates tournaments played within Japan

Summer Olympic[edit]

Olympics Games record
Year Round Position Pld W L D
Brazil 2016 Qualified
Japan 2020 Hosts
Total 0 Titles 0/0 - - - -

IRB World Cup Sevens[edit]

World Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W L D
Scotland 1993 Group Stage 13th 7 4 3 0
Hong Kong 1997 Group Stage 17th 4 0 4 0
Argentina 2001 Group Stage 13th 6 3 3 0
Hong Kong 2005 Group Stage 13th 6 3 3 0
United Arab Emirates 2009 Group Stage 21st 4 0 4 0
Russia 2013 Group Stage 18th 6 2 3 1
United States 2018 - - - - - -
Total 0 Titles 6/6 33 12 20 1

Asian Games[edit]

Asian Games record
Year Round Position Pld W L D
Thailand 1998 Runner-Up 2nd 4 3 1 0
South Korea 2002 Semifinalst 4th 5 2 3 0
Qatar 2006 Winners 1st 4 4 0 0
China 2010 Winners 1st 7 7 0 0
South Korea 2014 Winners 1st 6 6 0 0
Indonesia 2018 - - - - - -
Total 3 Titles 4/4 26 22 4 0

Hong Kong Sevens[edit]

Japan won the Plate match at the 1980 and 1999 Hong Kong Sevens.

In the 2007 Hong Kong Sevens, Japan reached Bowl semi-finals (19th place), where they lost against France; previously they had beaten Asian rivals China and Chinese Taipei. In 2008, they lost all four matches versus South Africa, Argentina, Russia and Hong Kong.

Japan won in 2009 against China and Sri Lanka, after which they lost the Bowl semi-finals versus Portugal. In 2010 they beat Hong Kong but were defeated by Scotland in Bowl quarter-finals, so they ended 13th.

The team won in 2011 against China, Scotland and the United States, then were beaten by Canada in the Bowl final to end 9th.

In the 2012 World Series qualifier at Hong Kong, Japan were defeated by Portugal and Russia and won against Guyana in the group phase. The team won against Hong Kong in quarter-finals, but was defeated by Spain in semi-finals and Portugal in the third place match. so they failed to qualify for the World Series.

In the 2013 World Series pre-qualifier at Hong Kong, the team won all group phase matches against Brazil, Georgia and Jamaica. However, Georgia beat them in quarter-finals.

In the 2014 World Series qualifier at Hong Kong, Japan won the three group phase matches against Uruguay, Cook Islands and Trinidad and Tobago. Later they beat Tunisia, Russia and Italy to claim World Series core status for 2014/15.

Sevens World Series[edit]

Japan won the Plate final match (5th place) at the 2000 Japan Sevens, scoring 8 points for the 1999–2000 World Sevens Series. The team lost the Bowl final match to end 10th in the 2002 Australia Sevens and 2002 Singapore Sevens.

In the 2012 USA Sevens they reached Bowl semifinals (11th place). In the 2014 Japan Sevens they repeated that result.

Japan became a core team for the 2014–15 Sevens World Series. As hosts of the 2015 Japan Sevens, they won over Samoa, tied Argentina and lost to France to advance to Cup quarter-finals. They were defeated by Fiji and then Scotland, therefore resulting 7th in the tournament. However, they resulted last in seven out of ten events and finished 15th, therefore the team lost its core team status for 2015–16.


Current squad[edit]

Squad to 2014 Hong Kong Sevens.[1]

  • Yusaku Kuwazuru
  • Lomano Lemeki
  • Lote Tuqiri
  • Pohiva Lotoahea
  • Dai Ozawa
  • Katsuyuki Sakai
  • Tomoki Kitagawa
  • Jamie Henry
  • Josefa Lilidamu
  • Kosuke Hashino
  • Kenki Fukuoka
  • Yoshikazu Fujita

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.irbsevens.com/matches/idcup=11040/season=2013/edition=5/gameno=1/matchDetails.html

External links[edit]