The Japanese national rugby team has revealed its players for the Rugby World Cup in France, starting in September, including six individuals with ties to Kyushu. Fukuoka’s Nagare Yutaka, 30, who will act as vice-captain, declared this tournament his final appearance for Japan, emphasizing his desire to showcase Japan’s strength in rugby. Three players from Fukuoka were selected for their first World Cup: 31-year-old prop Kaginaga Shinnosuke, 23-year-old flanker Fukui Shota, and 26-year-old center Nakano Shogo. South Korean-born prop Jiwon GU, 29, who studied rugby in Japan since middle school and later attended high school in Oita Prefecture, is also on the team. Kagoshima’s Nakamura Ryoto, 32, a center known for his defensive tackles, expressed his eagerness to perform well on this prominent stage and his aspiration to foster team unity. The competition begins on September 8th. Source: NHK
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