Naoto Saito (斉藤 直人, Saitō Naoto) is a talented Japanese rugby union player who showcases his skills as a scrum-half. Born on 26 August 1997, Saito currently represents Suntory Sungoliath in the Japan Rugby League One.
Saito's rugby journey began during his time at Waseda University, where he displayed exceptional talent as a scrum-half. This led to his inclusion in the Sunwolves' 2020 Super Rugby squad, where he had the opportunity to compete at a high level and further develop his game.
After an impressive Top League season in 2021, Saito's efforts were rewarded when he was named as one of the 13 uncapped players selected for the Japanese squad to face the British and Irish Lions. This recognition highlights his growing reputation and potential within the national rugby scene.
As a scrum-half, Saito possesses the crucial skills of game management, quick decision-making, and precise passing. His agility, speed, and ability to read the game make him a valuable asset on the field. With continued dedication and experience, Saito has the potential to become a key player not only for Suntory Sungoliath but also for the Japanese national team.
Saito's inclusion in the Japanese squad to face the British and Irish Lions is a testament to his hard work, determination, and talent. As he continues to progress in his rugby career, Saito has the opportunity to make a significant impact on the domestic and international rugby stage, further establishing himself as a formidable scrum-half in Japanese rugby union.
Ahead of the Rugby World Cup 2023, Saito has been named in the training squad for Japan.
|2021 - present|
|2021 - present|
|2023 - present|
|2020 - 2021|