|Date of birth||May 31, 1971|
|Place of birth||Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan|
|Height||182 cm (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||110 kg (243 lb)|
|School||Hakui Industrial High School|
|Rugby union career|
Kazu Hamabe (浜辺和, Hamabe Kazu) (born Ishikawa Prefecture, 31 May 1971) is a former Japanese rugby union player who played as prop.
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