Toyota Industries Shuttles

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Toyota Industries Shuttles
豊田自動織機シャトルズ
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Union Japan Rugby Football Union
Nickname(s) Shuttles
Founded 1984
Location Aichi, Mizuho
Ground(s) Mizuho Rugby Stadium (Capacity: 15,000)
Chairman Jun Matsuda
Coach(es) Masaya Niu
2016–17 15th
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Toyota Jido Shokki (also called Toyota Industries as distinct from Toyota, which was renamed Toyota Verblitz) is a Japanese rugby team owned by Toyota Industries. They were promoted to Japan's top-flight league Top League for the first time in the 2010-11 season. Its home base is Kariya City.

Name and colours[edit]

The team name "Shuttles" derives from a part used in the Non-Stop Shuttle Change Toyoda Automatic Loom (for weaving fabrics), invented by Sakichi Toyoda, the founder of Toyota Industries.

The team and plays in a sky blue jersey with white shorts and sky blue socks.

History[edit]

The Toyota Industries rugby team was founded in 1984. In the late 1990s, the team played in the Kansai League and competed in the Companies National Tournament. From 2003–04, Toyota Industries competed in the West Regional League.

Toyota Industries gained promotion to the Top League for the first time in 2010-11, but only stayed up for one season.

Under Australian coach Tai McIsaac, Toyota Shokki defeated Fukuoka Sanix Blues in a promotion-relegation match in 2013 to gain entry to the 2013–14 Top League.

Stadium[edit]

Toyota Shokki Kariya ground

Toyota Shokki play their Top League home games at Mizuho Rugby Stadium in Nagoya. The stadium holds 15,000 people and was originally built in 1941. It has also been used to host international rugby matches, including for the 2014 Asian Five Nations.

The team trains at the Toyota Industries ground in Kariya.

Current squad[edit]

The current Toyota Industries Shuttles squad is:[1]

Toyota Industries Shuttles squad

Props

Hookers

Locks

Loose Forwards

Scrum-halves

Fly-halves

Centres

Wingers

Fullbacks

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

Former players[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Toyota Industries Shuttles: The Team" (in Japanese). Toyota Shokki. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 

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