Australian rugby players in Japan

Australian rugby players in Japan

Over 30 Australian rugby players, including five who appeared in the 2019 World Cup, have fans excited for this season of Japan’s Top League.

Watch out for Wallabies captain Michael Hooper as he dominates with the Toyota Verblitz. Hooper is bringing his A game, playing eight games to the second round of the playoffs, and continues to impress, sometimes scoring multiple tries in one game.

The Suntory Sungoliahs is also a team not to be underestimated, with five Australian members including Samu Kerevi, who is known for scoring tries during the World Cup. This former Wallabies vice-captain is stirring a lot of excitement, recently having scored an astonishing six tries in seven matches in the league games.

Another former Wallabies player, fly-half Bernard Foley, also known as the ‘iceman’, continues to dazzle rugby fans as he plays with the Kubota Spears. He has scored the team’s first try and goal, motivating the team with his intensity. Kerevi went head to head with Hooper in the 27 March game against the Verblitz, where his team won by three points.

Christian Lealiifano who is also a former Wallabies fly-half and playmaker is playing for the NTT Communications Shining Arcs this season. He is making a triumphant return to the rugby field after battling leukaemia.

Another Australian player currently attracting attention is James Moore of the Munataka Sanix Blues, who is also known to have played for the Brave Blossoms in the World Cup. Impressively, Moore was the only lock selected as a starter for every match. With any luck, he might be back on the field for Japan again in 2021.


2021年度ラグビー日本代表候補選手に、宗像サニックスブルースからマーク・アボット選手、ジェームス・ムーア選手、レメキ ロマノ ラヴァ選手の3名が選出されました‼️


Posted by 宗像サニックスブルース on Monday, 12 April 2021

Moore (top right)

We can expect some action-packed matches in the upcoming Top League championship play-off on 23 May (Sun). Good luck to all these players!