Lopeti Oto

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Lopeti Oto
Date of birth (1971-11-02) November 2, 1971 (age 48)
Place of birth Tonga
Height5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight202 lb (92 kg)
School Tonga College
University Daito Bunka University
Notable relative(s) Nataniela Oto (brother
Rugby union career
Position(s) Wing
Amateur team(s)
YearsTeamApps(Points)
1988-1991
1991-1996
Tonga College HS
Daito Bunka University
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Senior career
YearsTeamApps(Points)
1996-2003 Toyota Motors ()
National team(s)
YearsTeamApps(Points)
1992-1997Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 8 (35)

Lopeti Oto (born 2 November 1971) is a Tongan-Japanese former rugby union player. He played as wing. His younger brother Nataniela Oto also had acquired Japanese nationality to play for Japan in the 2007 Rugby World Cup and his other brother, Ofa Topeni, plays for Toyota Industries Shuttles since 2009.

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Career

After graduating from Tonga College, Oto went to Daito Bunka University to study abroad and play rugby. While he studied abroad, he contributed to his team's second place in the 1991 All-Japan Rugby University Championship and the victory in the 1994 University Championship. Oto was first capped for Japan in the 1992 ARFU Asian Rugby Championship match against Hong Kong, at Seoul, on 26 September 1992. He was also in the 1995 Rugby World Cup squad, earning 8 caps. In 1996, after graduating, Oto joined Toyota Motors, [1] with which he won in 1998 the All-Japan Rugby Company Championship. While he is 175 cm high and weights 100 kg, he could run 10 meters in 5 seconds, in a speed similar to the one of a whirlwind. Oto also contributed to Toyota's victory in the Rugby Company Championship in the 1998-99 season. He retired in 2003 season. Currently, Oto teaches at Kasugaoka High School.

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