Tsutomu Matsuda (rugby player)

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Tsutomu Matsuda
Date of birth (1970-04-30) April 30, 1970 (age 48)
Place of birth Saitama Prefecture, Japan
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 198 lb (90 kg)
School Soga High School
University Kanto Gakuin University
Rugby union career
Position(s) Fullback, Wing
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
-1993 Kanto Gakuin University RFC ()
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
1993-2013 Toshiba ()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1992-2003 Japan 43 (70)
National sevens team(s)
Years Team Comps
1991-1993  Japan 1993

Tsutomu Matsuda (松田努, Matsuda Tsutomu) (born 30 April 1970) is a former Japanese rugby player. He played as fullback and wing.


Matsuda started playing rugby at Soga High School and after entering Kanto Gakuin University, he switched from number 8 to fullback. After graduating from university, he joined Toshiba Fuchu. From 1996, he became a central player in the team, including during the achievement of the three consecutive Japanese championship titles under the "P to GO" tactics of the then-coach Shogo Mukai. Even though he was called up in the 1991 Rugby World Cup roster, he had no opportunity to participate as he was at the time enrolled in university. He earned his first cap in 1992 against Hong Kong. Later, he became a member of Japanese national team as fullback, participating at the 1995, 1999 and 2003 World Cups, for three consecutive competitions.

Matsuda had also experiences with the Japan sevens team, with which he played the 1993 Rugby World Cup Sevens.

In 2007, he was elected in the Asia Squad to play against the Barbarians in the Lipovitan D Challenge.

Even after the age of 40, Matsuda started in a Top League officialm match. He has the Top League's longest player record and he is the try record holder.[1][2].

As of 18 March 2013, Matsuda announced his retirement. "I loved rugby and i was able to enjoy the tight, so i continued it for a long time"[3].


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