|Date of birth||December 25, 1962|
|Place of birth||Fukui Prefecture, Japan|
|School||Wakasa Agricultural High School|
|University||Nippon Sports Science University|
|Notable relative(s)|| Yasuhiro Kutsuki (younger brother)|
Masafumi Kutsuki (younger brother)
|Rugby union career|
Eiji Kutsuki (朽木英次, Kutsuki Eiji) (born Fukui 25 December 1962) is a former Japanese rugby union player and coach. He played as a centre. His younger brothers Yasuhiro and Masafumi were former rugby union players.
He attended Wakasa Agricultural High School (currently, Wakasa Higashi High School), he graduated from Nippon Sports Science University. After that, he joined Toyota. In 1985 and 1986, at the National Conference Tournament, with Toyota, he won the 1986 Japan Rugby Football Championship title.
His debut with the Japan national team was on 19 October 1985, against France, at Dax. Since then, for a long time in combination with Seiji Hirao, Kutsuki made his place as right centre immovable, earning in total 30 caps.
In the Rugby World Cup, Kutsuki took part in all six matches in the first round of the 1987 Rugby World Cup and in the 1991 Rugby World Cup, including the match where Japan defeated Zimbabwe.
After retiring, Kutsuki took over as manager of Toyota Verblitz. However, in the second round of 2005 season of the Japanese championship, due to suffering a bitter experience against Waseda University, Kutsuki ended to sign his unofficial resignation. Eventually he retired from the coach position in 2007. Afterwards, he served as director.
The Japan national rugby union team, is traditionally the strongest rugby union power in Asia and has enjoyed and endured mixed results against non-Asian teams over the years. Rugby union in Japan is administered by the Japan Rugby Football Union (JRFU), which was founded in 1926. They compete annually in the Pacific Nations Cup and previously in the Asia Rugby Championship. They have also participated in every Rugby World Cup since the tournament began in 1987.
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