Toyota Industries Shuttles
|Union||Japan Rugby Football Union|
|Ground(s)||Mizuho Rugby Stadium (Capacity: 15,000)|
|League(s)||Top Challenge League|
|2018–19||15th (Top League) |
Toyota Industries Shuttles (also called Toyota Jido Shokki 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
The team and plays in a sky blue jersey with white shorts and sky blue socks.
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.
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.
The current Toyota Industries Shuttles squad is:
|Toyota Industries Shuttles squad|
|(c) Denotes team captain, Bold denotes player is internationally capped|
- Anthony Monahan
- Dion Waller
- Ben Gollings
- Ellis Young
- Daniel Turner
- Rowan Varty
- Ifereimi Rawaqa
- Tyson Wulf
- "Toyota Industries Shuttles: The Team" (in Japanese). Toyota Industries. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
- Official website (Japanese)