Tomoaki Taniguchi

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Tomoaki Taniguchi
Date of birth (1982-08-26) August 26, 1982 (age 35)
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 125 kg (276 lb; 19.7 st)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock
Senior career
YearsTeamApps(Points)
2010− Toyota Verblitz 65 (25)
Correct as of 15 January 2017
National team(s)
YearsTeamApps(Points)
2006–08Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 12 (10)

Tomoaki Taniguchi (谷口 智昭 Taniguchi Tomoaki born August 26, 1982, in Hyogo prefecture) is a Japanese rugby player who plays at lock for Toyota Verblitz and Japan. He scored two tries after coming on in the second half for Japan against Australia A on June 8, 2008 (2008 IRB Pacific Nations Cup Round One). He graduated from Ritsumeikan University

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