Osamu Ota

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Osamu Ota
Date of birth (1965-03-23) March 23, 1965 (age 53)
Place of birth Akita, Akita Prefecture
Rugby union career
Position(s) Prop
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
1987-1999 NEC ()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1986-1995  Japan 27 (5)
Teams coached
Years Team
2006-2007  Japan

Osamu Ota (太田 治, Ota Osamu) (born Akita, 23 March 1965) is a former Japanese rugby union player and a coach. He played as a prop.


Ota had 27 caps for Japan, from 1986 to 1995, scoring a try, 5 points in aggregate. He played twice at the Rugby World Cup, being a totalist in the 1991 Rugby World Cup, with three games, and at the 1995 Rugby World Cup, again with three games played. That was the last time he played for the National Team.

Ota, after finishing his player career, become a coach. He was coach of NEC. He was general manager of Japan Rugby Football Union when he took charge as caretaker head coach of the "Brave Blossoms", in September 2006, after the sacking of Jean-Pierre Élissalde. He announced that the new head coach of Japan would be John Kirwan, in October, remaining in office until 1 January 2007.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
France Jean-Pierre Élissalde
Japan National Rugby Union Coach (caretaker)
Succeeded by
New Zealand John Kirwan