Japan Squad – 2019 Rugby World Cup

Japan Squad - RWC 2019 Live
Japan Squad - RWC 2019 Live

Japan Rugby football union named a 42 men Rugby World Cup training squads, the day after the nation marked 500 days to go until the tournament kick off in Tokyo. Director of the Japan national team, Masahiro Kunda said, “the squad would like to depending on the form of players. Special attention is being paid to fitness to account for the strain of players competing in super rugby world cup.”

“Now that we have reached the 500-day mark prior to the Opening Game of Rugby World Cup 2019, we are grateful for the continued cooperation of every team in the Japan Rugby Top League as we place priority on our national team strengthening program. With the full attention paid by the teams to player welfare (by providing sufficient time for rest and reconditioning), we expect to become even stronger as we head toward Rugby World Cup 2019.”

Japan head coach Jamie Joseph said,” I have many different role and jobs, but my focus is build to team that can win to Rugby World Cup ninth edition RWC 2019. And we are now in good spot forward to the next stage of preparations.

Japan Squad – Rugby World Cup 2019 :

Head Coach : Jamie Joseph

The former All Blacks flanker also played for Japan (it was a different time). He led the Highlanders to their first-ever Super Rugby title in 2014.

Keita Inagaki,

Yusuke Kizu,

Jiwon Koo,

Isileli Nakajima,

Masataka Mikami,

Hiroshi Yamashita,

Koki Yamamoto,

Asaeli Ai Valu,

Takuya Kitade,

Atsushi Sakate,

Shota Horie,

Kosuke Horikoshi,

Samuel Anise,

Luke Thompson,

Grant Hattingh,

Wimpie van der Walt,

Uwe Helu,

James Moore,

Hendrik Tui,

Yoshitaka Tokunaga,

Shunsuke Nunomaki,

Michael Leitch (captain),

Pieter Labuschagne,

Kazuki Himeno,

Rahboni Warren-Vosayaco,

Amanaki Lelei Mafi,

Kaito Shigeno,

Fumiaki Tanaka,

Yutaka Nagare,

Yu Tamura,

Rikiya Matsuda,

Kenki Fukuoka,

Ataata Moeakiola,

Lomano Lava Lemeki,

Yusuke Kajimura,

William Tupou,

Ryoto Nakamura,

Timothy Lafaele,

Kotaro Matsushima,

Jamie Henry,

Ryuji Noguchi,

Ryohei Yamanaka

Japan Key Players

Talismanic skipper Michael Leitch has been through the trenches for Japan. Fumiaki Tanaka brings bags of experience at nine and Kazuki Himeno is an exciting talent in the back five of the scrum.

Japan Rugby World Cup Warm-ups

  • 27 July 2019: Japan 34-21 Fiji
  • 3 August 2019: Japan 41-7 Tonga
  • 10 August 2019: USA 20-34 Japan
  • 6 September 2019: Japan 7-41 South Africa

Japan RWC 2019 Fixtures

  • 20 Sep Japan v Russia (Tokyo)
  • 28 Sep Japan v Ireland (Shizuoka)
  • 5 Oct Japan v Samoa (Toyota)
  • 13 Oct Japan v Scotland (Yokohama)