Date of birth
December 8, 1977
Place of birth
1.9 m (6 ft 3 in)
120 kg (260 lb)
Daito Bunka University
Rugby union career
Years Club / team
Luatangi Samurai Vatuvei (formerly Ruatangi Vatuvei) (born December 8, 1977) is a Tongan-born Japanese rugby union footballer.
He used to play rugby in
Japan for Toshiba Brave Lupus in the Top League and has also played for the Japan national rugby union team under the IRB three year residence qualification.
Usually a second row but also used by Toshiba coach
Masahiro Kunda in the centres, Vatuvei is extremely strong. In 2006, he obtained Japanese citizenship. He is 1.9 m (6 ft 3 in) tall and weighs 120 kg (260 lb).
In 2007 he moved from Toshiba to
Kintetsu Liners which was demoted from the Top League in the previous season. This did not prevent John Kirwan from including him in the Japan squad for RWC 2007.
Vatuvei was the top try scorer in the 2004-5 Top League season with 18 tries. He is a cousin of New Zealand
rugby league international winger Manu Vatuvei.
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