Toyota Verblitz

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Toyota Verblitz
トヨタ自動車ヴェルブリッツ
Verblitz.png
Full name Toyota Verblitz
Union Japan Rugby Football Union
Founded 1941
Location Toyota, Aichi, Japan
Ground(s) Mizuho Rugby Stadium (Capacity: 15,000)
Coach(es) New Zealand Filo Tiatia
Team kit
2nd kit

Toyota Verblitz is a Japanese rugby union team in the Top League. Verblitz is a conflation of verde (Spanish for 'green') and blitz (German for 'lightning'). The team is owned by Toyota Jidosha (Toyota Motors) and is separate from, and not to be confused with, the Toyota Industries Shuttles rugby team, owned by Toyota Industries. They share Toyota Stadium in the city of Toyota, Aichi with the football club Nagoya Grampus which also used to be owned by Toyota Motors.

Slogan for 2006 season: 克己 Kokki (Self-Control)

Honours[edit]

Results[edit]

Verblitz (surprisingly given the team's pedigree) failed to make the cut for the first season of the Top League (2003-4) but entered the Top League in the second season and were a contender for the second Microsoft Cup. They lost the Japan Championship final on February 27, 2005 to NEC Green Rockets 13-17.

In August 2005 Verblitz beat Newcastle Falcons at home. On February 12, 2006 they lost to Waseda University RFC in the Japan Championships, 24-28. This was the first time a Top League team had lost to a university team.

2014–15 Squad[edit]

The Toyota Verblitz squad for 2014-15 Top League season:[1]

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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Toyota Verblitz: The Team" (in Japanese). Top League. Retrieved 3 September 2014. 

External links[edit]