|Date of birth||September 29, 1966|
|Place of birth||Kakamigahara, Gifu Prefecture, Japan|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||214 lb (97 kg; 15 st 4 lb)|
|University||University of Tsukuba|
|Rugby union career|
Masahiro Kunda (薫田真広, Kunda Masahiro), (born Kakamigahara, September 29, 1966) is a Japanese rugby union hooker and coach. Kunda played for Toshiba Brave Lupus, a team he coached to a League title victory in 2007. Originally from Gifu Prefecture, he was educated at University of Tsukuba (Tsukuba Daigaku). He served as the captain in the 1995 Rugby World Cup and is now Head Coach of the Japan U20s squad.
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