Kazuki Himeno rugby player
Kazuki Himeno rugby player

Kazuki Himeno

27th Jul 1994 1.87m/108kg Blindside Flanker

Picking a Tier 2 World XV

6 days ago by Ultimate Rugby

There is a raft of talented players outside the first tier of test playing nations, some of which could claim to be the best in the position in world rugby.   We take a look at what a potential...

Top League Round 6 Review

2 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

Round 6 of the Top League provided fans with a riveting mix of bruising defensive efforts and scintillating attack. The most noteworthy individual defensive effort came from Honda Heat number 8 Paul Schoeman...

Test Stars To Light Up Japan's Top League In 2020

4 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

The Japanese Top League kicks off this weekend with a number of test stars of the past and present set to light up the competition in 2020.   With the Champions Cup returning this weekend with the...

Ultimate Rugby Readers' Team of The Year

4 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

You have had your say and here it is, your team of the year.           View this post on Instagram     The votes are in and here it is the @ultimaterugby’s...

Reader's No.8 of the Year

5 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

As the year draws to a close we take a look back at the year that was and have nominated four players from each position for your team of the year.   We have included players based on their club...

No Springboks feature in Opta's World Cup Team of the Tournament

6 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

There were four All Blacks and as many Japan players in the Opta team of the Rugby World Cup, but no world champions.         South Africa were crowned champions of the world...

Ultimate Rugby's World Cup Team of the Competition

6 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

As the Springboks celebrate winning the 2019 Rugby World Cup, we take a look back at what was an amazing tournament in Japan and select our Team of the competition.     There were a number...

Saluting Five Japanese Players That Had Outstanding Rugby World Cups

7 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

The host nation for the 2019 Rugby World Cup have been knocked out having lost 3-26 to the Springboks in the quarter-final.    Japan were inspirational as they became the first Asian side to...

Player ratings: Japan vs Scotland

7 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

Scotland   1. Allan Dell - 5   Made 12 tackles.   2. Fraser Brown - 6   Managed to gain a turnover for his side and make a good few tackles.   3. WP Nel - 7   15...

Winners and Losers: Japan vs Samoa

7 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

The host nation, Japan, kept their winning streak alive on Saturday as they swept aside Samoa 38-19 at the City of Toyota Stadium. The Asian nation currently lead Pool A with 14 points and are on track...