Tsutomu Matsuda (rugby player)
|Date of birth||April 30, 1970|
|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|
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.
In 2007, he was elected in the Asia Squad to play against the Barbarians in the Lipovitan D Challenge.
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".