Yoshihito Yoshida

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Yoshihito Yoshida
Date of birth (1969-02-18) 18 February 1969 (age 52)
Place of birth Ogachi, Japan
SchoolAkita Technical High School
University Meiji University
SpouseAri Ōnishi
Rugby union career
Position(s) Wing
Amateur team(s)
Akita Technical High School
Meiji University
Senior career
US Colomiers
Sanyo Electric
Fukuoka Sanix Bombs
National team(s)
1988-1997 Japan 31 (97)
National sevens team(s)
1991-1993Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 1993
Teams coached
Yokogawa Musashino Atlastars
Meiji University Rugby Football Club
Samurai Seven

Yoshihito Yoshida (吉田義人, Yoshida Yoshihito) (born 18 February 1969 in Ogachi, Akita) is a former rugby union footballer who played for Japan. He played as a wing.



His first match for Japan was during a test against Oxford University at Tokyo, on October 1, 1990. He played 1991 Rugby World Cup, where he scored 2 tries against Zimbabwe, at Ravenhill. He was also part of the 1995 Rugby World Cup, playing against Ireland, where he scored 2 tries and 4 conversions, and against New Zealand. His last international cap was against USA, at Osaka, on May 25, 1997.

Club career

He played for Isetan between 1991 and 2000. Later he played for the French side US Colomiers for two seasons. Between 2001 and 2003, he played for Sanyo Electric, the following year, he ended his career for Fukuoka Sanix Bombs. In 1992, he also played for World XV against the All Blacks.

Coach career

In 2004 he coached Yokogawa Musashino Atlastars until 2009, when he coached Meiji University, where he played back in his amateur years. Since 2014, he coaches the rugby sevens club Samurai Seven [1]

Personal life

In 2008, he married the singer and songwriter Ari Ōnishi.


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