Japan national rugby sevens team

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Japan Sevens
Union Japan Rugby Football Union
Coach(es) Tomohiro Segawa
Captain(s) Yusaku Kuwazuru
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World Cup Sevens
Appearances6 (First in 1993 )
Best result5th (1993)

The Japan national rugby sevens team participates in competitions such as the World Rugby Sevens Series and the Rugby World Cup Sevens.

World Rugby Sevens Series international series of tournaments in mens rugby sevens

The World Rugby Sevens Series is an annual series of international rugby sevens tournaments run by World Rugby featuring national sevens teams. The series, organised for the first time in the 1999–2000 season, was formed to develop an elite-level competition series between rugby nations and develop the sevens game into a viable commercial product for World Rugby. The competition was originally known as the IRB World Sevens Series, but has been known officially as the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series since 2014 due to sponsorship from banking group HSBC.

Rugby World Cup Sevens international rugby sevens tournament

The Rugby World Cup Sevens is the premier stand-alone international rugby sevens competition outside the Olympic Games. The event is contested every four years, with tournaments for men's and women's national teams co-hosted at the same venues. It is organised by World Rugby, the sport's governing body.


Tournament history

Summer Olympic Games

Rugby World Cup Sevens

World Cup record
Flag of Scotland.svg 1993 Bowl Winner13th7430
Flag of Hong Kong 1959.svg 1997 Bowl Finalist17th7250
Flag of Argentina.svg 2001 Plate Quarterfinalist13th6330
Flag of Hong Kong.svg 2005 Plate Quarterfinalist13th6330
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg 2009 Bowl Quarterfinalist21st4040
Flag of Russia.svg 2013 Bowl Finalist18th6231
Flag of the United States.svg 2018 Challenge Trophy Quarterfinalist15th4220
Total0 Titles6/64016241

Asian Games

Asian Games record
Flag of Thailand.svg 1998 Runner-Up2nd4310
Flag of South Korea.svg 2002 Semifinalst4th5230
Flag of Qatar.svg 2006 Winners1st4400
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 2010 Winners1st7700
Flag of South Korea.svg 2014 Winners1st6600
Flag of Indonesia.svg 2018 Runner-Up2nd6510
Total3 Titles6/6322750

Hong Kong Sevens

Japan won the Plate match at the 1980 and 1999 Hong Kong Sevens.

Hong Kong Sevens

The Hong Kong Sevens is considered the premier tournament on the World Rugby Sevens Series competition. The Hong Kong Sevens is currently the seventh tournament on the World Series calendar, and is held annually in Hong Kong on a weekend in late March or early April. The tournament spans three days, beginning on a Friday and concluding on Sunday. The tournament is organised each year by the Hong Kong Rugby Union (HKRU). This year hong kong rugby sevens will be held on Friday 3, Saturday 4, Sunday 5 April 2020.

In the 2007 Hong Kong Sevens, Japan reached Bowl semi-finals (19th place), where they lost against France; previously they had beaten Asian rivals China and Chinese Taipei. In 2008, they lost all four matches versus South Africa, Argentina, Russia and Hong Kong.

The 2007 Hong Kong Sevens was a rugby sevens tournament held on 30 March until 1 April 2007 in Hong Kong at the 40,000 capacity Hong Kong Stadium. The event, the fifth leg of the 2006-07 IRB Sevens World Series, was won by Samoa.

The Hong Kong Sevens is contested annually as part of the IRB Sevens World Series for international rugby sevens. The 2008 competition, which took place between March 28 and March 30 in Hong Kong, was the fifth Cup trophy in the 2007-08 IRB Sevens World Series and was won by New Zealand. The winners extended their all-time IRB Sevens record for consecutive match wins to 42 while claiming their fifth Cup win of the season and seventh in a row overall.

Japan won in 2009 against China and Sri Lanka, after which they lost the Bowl semi-finals versus Portugal. In 2010 they beat Hong Kong but were defeated by Scotland in Bowl quarter-finals, so they ended 13th.

2009 Hong Kong Sevens

The Hong Kong Sevens, referred to as the Cathay Pacific Credit Suisse Hong Kong Sevens for sponsorship reasons, is the 5th stop on the IRB Sevens World Series. The 2009 event was played between the 27–29 March, and was won by Fiji. Unlike the 7 other tournaments, Hong Kong contains 24 teams to compete.

The 2010 Hong Kong Sevens is a rugby union sevens tournament, part of the 2009–10 IRB Sevens World Series. The competition was held from March 26–28 in at Hong Kong Stadium in Hong Kong and featured 24 teams. Samoa won its third consecutive Cup after defeating New Zealand in the final. With the victory, Samoa moved into first place in the World Series standings.

The team won in 2011 against China, Scotland and the United States, then were beaten by Canada in the Bowl final to end 9th.

The 2011 Hong Kong Sevens was a seven-a-side rugby union tournament, part of the 2010–11 IRB Sevens World Series. The competition was being held from 25–27 March in at Hong Kong Stadium in Hong Kong and featured 24 teams.

In the 2012 World Series qualifier at Hong Kong, Japan were defeated by Portugal and Russia and won against Guyana in the group phase. The team won against Hong Kong in quarter-finals, but was defeated by Spain in semi-finals and Portugal in the third place match. so they failed to qualify for the World Series.

The 2012 Hong Kong Sevens was the 37th edition of the Hong Kong Sevens tournament and the sixth tournament of the 2011–12 IRB Sevens World Series. The host stadium was the Hong Kong Stadium.

In the 2013 World Series pre-qualifier at Hong Kong, the team won all group phase matches against Brazil, Georgia and Jamaica. However, Georgia beat them in quarter-finals.

In the 2014 World Series qualifier at Hong Kong, Japan won the three group phase matches against Uruguay, Cook Islands and Trinidad and Tobago. Later they beat Tunisia, Russia and Italy to claim World Series core status for 2014/15.

Sevens World Series

Japan won the Plate final match (5th place) at the 2000 Japan Sevens, scoring 8 points for the 1999–2000 World Sevens Series. The team lost the Bowl final match to end 10th in the 2002 Australia Sevens and 2002 Singapore Sevens.

In the 2012 USA Sevens they reached Bowl semifinals (11th place). In the 2014 Japan Sevens they repeated that result.

Japan became a core team for the 2014–15 Sevens World Series. As hosts of the 2015 Japan Sevens, they won over Samoa, tied Argentina and lost to France to advance to Cup quarter-finals. They were defeated by Fiji and then Scotland, therefore resulting 7th in the tournament. However, they resulted last in seven out of ten events and finished 15th, therefore the team lost its core team status for 2015–16.

At the 2016 Wellington Sevens, Japan defeated France to reach Bowl semi-finals, where they lost to Scotland, therefore claiming 11th place. The team advanced to Cup quarter-finals of the 2016 USA Sevens after winning over Scotland and drawing versus England. They lost to Fiji and defeated Kenya to reach the Plate final, where they fell to New Zealand to clinch 6th place.


Current squad

Former squads

Japan team to the 2016 Summer Olympics

The following is the Japan roster in the men's rugby sevens tournament of the 2016 Summer Olympics. [1]

Head coach: Tomohiro Segawa

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)EventsPointsUnion
1 BK Lomano Lemeki (1989-01-20)20 January 1989 (aged 27)14221 Flag of Japan.svg Honda Heat
2 FW Lote Tuqiri (1987-11-12)12 November 1987 (aged 28)20125 Flag of Japan.svg Kubota Spears
3 FW Yoshitaka Tokunaga (1992-04-10)10 April 1992 (aged 24)35 Flag of Japan.svg Toshiba Brave Lupus
4 FW Yusaku Kuwazuru (c) (1985-10-23)23 October 1985 (aged 30)3145 Flag of Japan.svg Coca-Cola Red Sparks
5 FW Kameli Soejima (1983-06-01)1 June 1983 (aged 33)892 Flag of Japan.svg Genkai Tangaroa
6 FW Masakatsu Hikosaka (1991-01-18)18 January 1991 (aged 25)1235 Flag of Japan.svg Toyota Verblitz
7 BK Katsuyuki Sakai (1988-09-07)7 September 1988 (aged 27)23424 Flag of Japan.svg Toyota Industries Shuttles
8 BK Kazushi Hano (1991-06-21)21 June 1991 (aged 25)1345 Flag of Japan.svg NTT Communications Shining Arcs
9 BK Shohei Toyoshima (1989-01-09)9 January 1989 (aged 27)11105 Flag of Japan.svg Toshiba Brave Lupus
10 BK Teruya Goto (1991-12-18)18 December 1991 (aged 24)415 Flag of Japan.svg NEC Green Rockets
11 BK Kenki Fukuoka (1992-09-07)7 September 1992 (aged 23)210 Flag of Japan.svg Panasonic Wild Knights
12 BK Kazuhiro Goya (1993-04-21)21 April 1993 (aged 23)1253 Flag of Japan.svg Kubota Spears
Japan team to the 2014 Hong Kong Sevens

Squad to 2014 Hong Kong Sevens. [2]


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  1. "Japan 7s – Olympic Games Men's Sevens". World Rugby . Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  2. http://www.irbsevens.com/matches/idcup=11040/season=2013/edition=5/gameno=1/matchDetails.html