Takashi Akatsuka

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Takashi Akatsuka
Date of birth (1973-09-08) September 8, 1973 (age 46)
Place of birth Osaka, Japan
Height193 cm (6 ft 4 in)
Weight120 kg (265 lb) [1]
SchoolJosho Gakuen High School
University Meiji University [2]
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock
Amateur team(s)
Josho Gakuen High School
Meiji University RFC
Senior career
1985-2005 Kubota ()
National team(s)
1994-2006 Japan 5 (10)

Takashi Akatsuka (赤塚 隆, Akatsuka Takashi) (born Osaka, 8 September 1973), is a former Japanese rugby union player. He played as lock.



Originally from Osaka, Akatsuka was educated at Meiji University and played for Kubota, winning the promotions to Kanto League 3 in 1985, Kanto League 2 in 1991 and Kanto League 1 in 1995. Along with his teammate Hideki Nishida, he was the first Kubota player to play internationally for Japan [3] . Akatsuka was first capped in 1994, during the match against Fiji, at Ehime, on 8 May 1994. He also took part at the 1995 Rugby World Cup, where he played only in the match against New Zealand, in Bloemfontein. After a nine years void, he was called in the Japanese national team by the then-coach Jean-Pierre Élissalde in 2005. Akatsuka last played for Japan against Korea, in Hong Kong, on 25 November 2006 [4] .


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