|Full name||Shota Emi|
|Date of birth||8 December 1991|
|Place of birth||Japan|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||94 kg (14 st 11 lb; 207 lb)|
|Rugby union career|
Shota Emi (翔太江見, Shōta Emi, born 8 December 1991) is a Japanese rugby union player who plays as a wing. He currently plays for Suntory Sungoliath in Japan's domestic Top League. He represented the Sunwolves in the 2017 Super Rugby season, scoring a try after just 24 seconds in a match against the Cheetahs, the fastest try recorded in an 18-team Super Rugby competition. Emi also represented Japan at rugby sevens, playing for them at the 2013 World Cup.
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