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Japan Girls’s Rugby World Cup Squad 2022

Japan Girls’s Rugby World Cup Squad 2022

This would be the fifth time Japan have participated within the ladies’s Rugby World Cup, however they haven’t loved a lot success on the event.

They’ve received just one pool sport, beating Sweden 10-5 in 1994, and have by no means completed larger than eighth. Nonetheless, they head to New Zealand on the again of some spectacular type.

The Asia Championship, which entails Hong Kong, Japan and Kazakhstan, was because of act because the Asia qualifier for this World Cup. Nonetheless, it was postponed a number of occasions because of Covid, so final October World Rugby dominated that Japan would qualify as “the highest-ranked staff within the area”.

They’ve loved a good build-up to the event. They beat Australia and Fiji in Could, then drew collection in opposition to South Africa and Eire. They are going to definitely have taken confidence from the win over the Irish, a staff ranked considerably larger, and are able to springing a shock in Pool B.

Lesley McKenzie – the one feminine head coach on the event and a former Canada hooker – has ensured the squad are well-drilled since taking cost in 2019, and so they might beat Italy and/or USA to achieve the quarter-finals for the primary time.

They full their build-up with a first-ever Check in opposition to New Zealand at Eden Park – a part of a double-header with the All Blacks’ Rugby Championship match in opposition to Australia.

Japan Girls’s Rugby World Cup Squad 2022

Japan’s 32-player squad accommodates 19 forwards and 13 backs, with prop Saki Minami as captain.

“A aim of mine after I started teaching Japan was to have a difficult choice course of for this World Cup,” stated coach Lesley McKenzie. “It was my intention to be confronted by tough decisions in most, if not all positions.

“That was about rising our squad, rising the variety of gamers we might decide from and rising them bodily when it comes to their capability to play the sport at the next, extra bodily stage. I’m actually happy with the place we’re at. It’s not good, however I’m very excited by the extent of efficiency this staff is now able to.

“We’ve crafted the staff with the expectation that everybody places in all they will in direction of one group effort. There will likely be people which have breakout performances within the event, and I believe for us, we’ll see a breakout when it comes to the remainder of the world starting to understand the power of Japanese rugby.

“I’m actually wanting ahead to seeing performances from the staff that make the rugby world arise and take discover of what this staff can do.”



Megumi Abe (28 Apr 1998/Arukas Queen Kumagaya/Scrum-half)

Ria Anoku (2 Oct 1996/Mie Pearls/Full-back)

Mana Furuta (16 Nov 1997/Centre)

Ai Hirayama (7 Could 1992/Full-back)

Komachi Imakugi (6 Jan 2002/Arukas Queen Kumagaya/Fly-half)

Yuki Ito (24 Oct 1996/Mie Pearls/Wing)

Rinka Matsuda (5 Dec 2001/Nippon Sports activities Science College/Wing)

Hinano Nagura (22 Mar 1997/Yokogawa/Wing)

Shione Nakayama (18 Jan 1999/Yokogawa/Centre)

Ayasa Otsuka (5 Could 1999/RKU/Fly-half)

Ayaka Suzuki (30 Sep 1989/Arukas Queen Kumagaya/Centre)

Moe Tsukui (28 Mar 2000/Yokogawa/Scrum-half)

Minori Yamamoto (9 Dec 1996/Mie Pearls/Centre)


Kyoko Hosokawa (8 Jul 1999/Mie Pearls/Again-row)

Sachiko Kato (19 Feb 2000/Exeter Chiefs/Prop)

Masami Kawamura (13 Jul 1999/RKU/Lock)

Wako Kitano (8 Aug 1999/Mie Pearls/Prop)

Hinata Komaki (9 Could 2001/Nippon Sports activities Science College/Hooker)

Sakurako Korai (9 Apr 2003/Again-row)

Makoto Lavemai (2 Jul 1997/Yokogawa/Prop)

Saki Minami (18 Nov 1995/Yokogawa/Prop)

Ayano Nagai (14 Oct 1997/Yokohama TKM/Again-row)

Iroha Nagata (21 Dec 1998/Arukas Queen Kumagaya/Again-row)

Nijiho Nagata (6 Dec 2000/Hooker)

Yuka Sadaka (2 Nov 1994/Hirosaki Sakura Ovals/Prop)

Seina Saito (30 Could 1992/Mie Pearls/Again-row)

Yuna Sato (11 Sep 1998/Tokyo Sankyu Phoenix/Lock)

Misaki Suzuki (9 Apr 1992/Tokyo Sankyu Phoenix/Again-row)

Maki Takano (17 Aug 1995/Yokogawa/Lock)

Kie Tamai (24 Oct 1992/Mie Pearls/Lock)

Kotomi Taniguchi (10 Apr 1995/Mie Pearls/Prop)

Otoka Yoshimura (15 Could 2001/Arukas Queen Kumagaya/Lock)

Japan Girls’s Rugby World Cup Fixtures 2022

(All kick-off occasions are UK & Eire time)

Pool B

Solar 9 Oct, Japan v Canada (3.15am, Northland Occasions Centre, Whangarei)

Sat 15 Oct, USA v Japan (5.30am, Northland Occasions Centre, Whangarei)

Solar 23 Oct, Japan v Italy (0.45am, Waitakere Stadium, Auckland)

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