|Date of birth||August 26, 1982|
|Height||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|Weight||125 kg (276 lb; 19.7 st)|
|Rugby union career|
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
Toyota Verblitz is a Japanese rugby union team in the Top League. Verblitz is a conflation of verde and blitz. The team is owned by Toyota Jidosha and is separate from, and not to be confused with, the Toyota Industries Shuttles rugby team, owned by Toyota Industries. They share Toyota Stadium in the city of Toyota, Aichi with the football club Nagoya Grampus which also used to be owned by Toyota Motors.
The Japan national rugby union team, is traditionally the strongest rugby union power in Asia and has enjoyed and endured mixed results against non-Asian teams over the years. Rugby union in Japan is administered by the Japan Rugby Football Union (JRFU), which was founded in 1926. They compete annually in the Pacific Nations Cup and the Asia Rugby Championship. They have also participated in every Rugby World Cup since the tournament began in 1987.
The 2008 Pacific Nations Cup was a rugby union tournament held between six national sides on the Pacific Rim: Australia A, Fiji, Japan, Samoa, Tonga and New Zealand Māori. The inaugural competition was held in 2006. This year the tournament started on 7 June and ended on 6 July 2008.
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