Japan

Japan is a team on the rise after capturing their first Paralympic medal in 2016. They have a strong mixture of speed and size and will be hoping to move up on the podium. Watch out for Daisuke Ikezaki, one of the sport’s quickest and most dominant players.

History at the Canada Cup

Japan has competed at 6 Canada Cups and has finished as high as 3rd three times – 2016, 2014 and 2010. Japan is the only team to ever beat the United States as the Canada Cup, they pulled off a 56-55 win in pool play at the 2012 Canada Cup.

2016: 3rd 2014: 3rd
2012: 4th 2010: 3rd
2008: 6th 2006: 8th


Team Highlights

2016: 3rd - Paralympic Games, Rio de Janerio, Brazil
2014: 3rd - World Championships, Odense, Denmark
2012: 4th - Paralympic Games, London, Great Britain
2010: 3rd - World Championships, Richmond, Canada
2008: 7th - Paralympic Games, Beijing, China
2006: 5th - World Championships, Christchurch, New Zealand
2004: 8th - Paralympic Games, Athens, Greece

Team Staff

Head Coach: Kevin Orr
Assistant Coach: Hiroyuki Misaka
Team Manager: Yuri Nakao
Team Staff (Equipment): Kei Miyama
Team Staff (Medical): Hitomi Iwakura
Team Staff (Medical): Kazutoshi Iza
Team Staff (Support): Hido Nakamura
Team Staff (Support): Noriko Nikaido
Team Staff (Support): Hideki Nakatani
Team Staff (Support): Takahiro Tsubaki

Team Roster

#4: Masayuki Haga

Age: 33
Class: 2.0
Hometown: Chiba
Club Team: AXE
Favorite Rugby Memory:
Playing in New Zealand

#32: Katsuya Hashimoto

Age: 15
Hometown: Fukushima
On National Team Since: 2018
Club Team: Tohuko Stormers

#21: Yukinobu Ike

Age: 37
Class: 3.0
Hometown: Kochi
On National Team Since: 2013
Club Team: Freedom
Favorite Rugby Memory:
Winning Bronze at the 2016 Rio Paralympics

#7: Daisuke Ikezaki

Age: 40
Class: 3.0
Hometown: Hokkaido
Club Team: Hokkaido Big Dippers (JPN) and University of Arizona (USQRA)
Favorite Rugby Memory:
Winning Bronze at the 2016 Paralympics.

#9: Tomoaki Imai

Age: 35
Class: 1.0
Hometown: Chiba
On National Team Since: 2013
Club Team: RIZE Chiba

#6: Kazuhiko Kanno

Age: 36
Class: 2.0
Hometown: Chiba
Club Team: RIZE Chiba(Japan) St. Louis Spartans (USQRA)
Favorite Rugby Memory:
Winning Bronze at the Rio 2016 Paralympics

#15: Kotaro Kishi

Age: 46
Class: 0.5
Hometown: Saitama
On National Team Since: 2009
Club Team: AXE

#3: Kae Kurahashi

Age: 27
Hometown: Hyogo
On National Team Since: 2017
Club Team: BLITZ

#33: Yu Nagayasu

Age: 31
Class: 2.5
Hometown: Osaka
On National Team Since: 2017
Club Team: Freedom

#22: Seiya Norimatsu

Age: 28
Class: 1.5
Hometown: Kumamoto
On National Team Since: 2014
Club Team: Dandelion
Favorite Rugby Memory:
Winning Bronze at the 2016 Paralympics

#13: Shinichi Shimikawa

Age: 43
Class: 3.0
Hometown: Kumamoto
On National Team Since: 2001
Club Team: Blitz (Japan) Phoenix Heat (USA)
Favorite Rugby Memory:
Winning Bronze at the 2016 Paralympics

#1: Hidefumi Wakayama

Age: 33
Class: 1.0
Hometown: Shizoka
Club Team: Yokohama Gij Yuku
Favorite Rugby Memory:
Meeting Shinji Okazaki at Quad Nations