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Japan announces squad for All Blacks test and Euro tour

Japan announces squad for All Blacks test and Euro tour

TOKYO (Oct. 16) – The Japan Rugby Football Union named a 32-man squad Wednesday for the five games the national team will play in November.

Brave Blossoms general manager Kensuke Iwabuchi announced the squad that will start its busy autumn with a test against New Zealand in Tokyo on Nov. 2, after head coach Eddie Jones was forced to miss the press conference through illness.

Two uncapped players, Yamaha Jubilo No. 8 Kyosuke Horie and Panasonic Wild Knights wing Akihito Yamada, were included with a further three uncapped players among the six back-up players.

“I have selected the best 32 players who are performing well at the moment,” Jones said in a statement. “I am excited to create another new history following Japan National team’s wins from the last year in Europe and the match against Wales in June this year.”

The squad includes veterans Hitoshi Ono and Takashi Kikutani in the forwards, while Fumiaki Tanaka, currently playing for Otago in New Zealand’s ITM Cup, is named among the backs.

Two university students, Kenki Fukuoka and Yoshikazu Fujita, have been named in the squad while high-school student Yusuke Kajimura is among the back-up players.

The two other uncapped players among the sextet on standby are Ryu Sioapelatu Holani, younger brother of No. 8 Ryu Koliniasi Holani, and So Kilryong.

Following the game against the world champion All Blacks, Japan plays Scotland in on Nov. 9, Gloucester on Nov. 12 and Russia (in Colwyn Bay, Wales) on Nov. 15, before rounding off the tour with a test against Spain in Madrid on Nov. 23.

November 02, 2013 JAPAN vs NZ ALL BLACKS

Japan Squad Members

FW: 18 Members

Name Club Team Graduate (cm) (kg) D.O.B Caps
Yusuke NAGAE RICOH BlackRams Kyoto Sangyo Univ. 171 107 1985/7/19 13
Masataka MIKAMI TOSHIBA Brave Lupus Tokai Univ. 178 115 1988/6/4 9
Hisateru HIRASHIMA KOBE STEEL Kobelco Steelers Fukuoka Univ. 180 110 1983/1/15 27
Shota HORIE PANASONIC Wild Knights Teikyo Univ. 180 105 1986/1/21 23
Yusuke AOKI SUNTORY Sungoliath Waseda Univ. 176 97 1983/6/19 28
Kensuke HATAKEYAMA SUNTORY Sungoliath Waseda Univ. 178 115 1985/8/2 46
Hiroshi YAMASHITA KOBE STEEL Kobelco Steelers Kyoto Sangyo Univ. 183 122 1986/1/1 25
Takuma ASAHARA TOSHIBA Brave Lupus Hosei Univ. 179 113 1987/9/7 5
Hitoshi ONO TOSHIBA Brave Lupus Nihon Univ. 192 106 1978/5/6 73
Shoji ITO KOBE STEEL Kobelco Steelers Kyoto Sangyo Univ. 191 100 1980/12/2 17
Justin IVES CANON Eagles Taieri College (NZ) 196 105 1984/5/24 14
Shinya MAKABE SUNTORY Sungoliath Chuo Univ. 192 118 1987/3/26 17
Luke THOMPSON KINTETSU Liners Lincoln Univ. (NZ) 196 108 1981/4/16 39
Hendrik TUI SUNTORY Sungoliath Teikyo Univ. 189 107 1987/12/13 14
Michael BROADHURST RICOH BlackRams Campion College (NZ) 196 111 1986/10/30 12
Kyosuke HORIE YAMAHA Jubilo Meiji Univ. 183 103 1990/7/11
Takashi KIKUTANI TOYOTA Verblitz Osaka University of
Health and Sport Sciences
187 106 1980/2/24 63
Ryu Koliniasi HOLANI PANASONIC Wild Knights Saitama Institute of
Technology Univ.
188 112 1981/10/25 25

BK: 14 Members

Name Club Team Graduate (cm) (kg) D.O.B Caps
Atsushi HIWASA SUNTORY Sungoliath Hosei Univ. 166 72 1987/5/22 27
Fumiaki TANAKA PANASONIC Wild Knights Kyoto Sangyo Univ. 166 71 1985/1/3 37
Kosei ONO SUNTORY Sungoliath Christchurch Boys HS (NZ) 171 83 1987/4/17 18
Harumichi TATEKAWA KUBOTA Spears Tenri Univ. 181 94 1989/12/2 19
Yu TAMURA NEC Green Rockets Meiji Univ. 181 92 1989/1/9 13
Craig WING KOBE STEEL Kobelco Steelers Univ. of New South Wales (AUS) 180 90 1979/12/26 5
Male SAU YAMAHA Jubilo Tangaroa College (NZ) 183 97 1987/10/13 9
Seiichi SHIMOMURA PANASONIC Wild Knights Kanto Gakuin Univ. 175 87 1981/9/20 4
Toshiaki HIROSE TOSHIBA Brave Lupus Keio Univ. 173 82 1981/10/17 15
Yuta IMAMURA KOBE STEEL Kobelco Steelers Waseda Univ. 178 93 1984/10/31 38
Akihito YAMADA PANASONIC Wild Knights Keio Univ. 181 90 1985/7/26
Kenki FUKUOKA Univ. of Tsukuba 2nd Year Fukuoka HS 175 83 1992/9/7 7
Yoshikazu FUJITA Waseda Univ. 2nd Year Higashi Fukuoka HS 184 90 1993/9/8 9
Ayumu GOROMARU YAMAHA Jubilo Waseda Univ. 185 99 1986/3/1 29

Back-up Members:6 Members

Name Club Team Graduate (cm) (kg) D.O.B Caps
Takeshi KIZU KOBE STEEL Kobelco Steelers Tokai Univ. 183 114 1988/7/15 22
Hiroki YUHARA TOSHIBA Brave Lupus Ryutsu Keizai Univ. 173 102 1984/1/21 11
Ryu Sioapelatu HOLANI PANASONIC Wild Knights Saitama Institute of
Technology Univ.
187 115 1982/12/29
Keisuke UCHIDA Univ.of Tsukuba 4th Year Fushimi Technical HS 177 85 1992/2/22 4
Kilryong SO YAMAHA Jubilo Korea Univ. 180 95 1985/3/5
Yusuke KAJIMURA Hotoku Gakuen HS 3rd Year Itami Municipal Tennojigawa Jr. HS 180 86 1995/9/13


Position Name
Head Coach Eddie JONES Japan Rugby Football Union
Technical Advisor Scott WISEMANTEL Japan Rugby Football Union
Strength & Conditioning Coordinator John PRYOR Japan Rugby Football Union
Strength & Conditioning Coach Takahiro MURAKAMI VITAL STRENGTH CO., LTD
Team Doctor Yuji TAKAZAWA Juntendo University
Physiotherapist Hidenori IZAWA Dome Co., Ltd
Physiotherapist Junnosuke AONO Japan Rugby Football Union
Analyst Shota NAKAJIMA Japan Rugby Football Union
Team Manager Takenori OMURA Japan Rugby Football Union
Translator Julia NAKAZAWA FIELD OF DREAMS Co., Ltd
Media Manager Mayuko WATANABE Japan Rugby Football Union
Position Name
Spot Coach Keisuke SAWAKI Japan Rugby Football Union
Spot Coach Filo TIATIA TOYOTA Verblitz
Spot Coach Marc Dal MASO
Mental Coach Kaori ARAKI University of Hyogo
Spot Coach Steve BORTHWICK Saracens



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