Atsushi Sakate rugby player
Atsushi Sakate rugby player

Atsushi Sakate

21st Jun 1993 1.80m/104kg Hooker

Japan inspired to honour 'Mr Rugby' against South Africa

1 month ago by Ultimate Rugby

Japan's players will be inspired by the memory of Seiji Hirao when they face South Africa in an eagerly awaited Rugby World Cup quarter-final at the weekend.     Former Japan captain and head...

Rugby World Cup 2019: Japan v Samoa

2 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

Japan have recalled Michael Leitch to their starting XV for Saturday's clash with Samoa, with Jamie Joseph urging the Brave Blossoms to capitalise on their stunning Rugby World Cup win over Ireland.     The...

Hosts Japan name team for Rugby World Cup opener against Russia

2 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

Japan head coach Jamie Joseph has named his team for the Pool A match against Russia at Tokyo Stadium on Friday, 20 September:     Blindside flanker Michael Leitch will become the second player...

Hosts Japan Name Rugby World Cup Squad

3 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

Japan head coach Jamie Joseph has announced his 31-man Japan squad who will represent the host nation when the 2019 Rugby World Cup kicks off next month.   Michael Leitch will captain the side and...

Dan Carter named Top League MVP

11 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

Dan Carter wrapped up his first season in Japan by claiming the Top League MVP award Sunday. A day after helping his team to the league title, the Kobe Kobelco Steelers playmaker was also named Top Kicker...