Yoshitaka Tokunaga (School of Business Administration 2015) to play for the Japanese men’s rugby sevens team in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics

Public Relations Office        July 1, 2016


 Kwansei Gakuin University graduate Yoshitaka Tokunaga (24), who currently plays for the Toshiba Brave Lupus rugby team, has been selected as a member of the Japanese national men’s rugby sevens team. Rugby sevens will debut as an Olympic sport in Rio de Janeiro this year.
  As a student at Kwansei Gakuin Senior High School, Tokunaga was not only selected to play on the Japanese national team in the Under-19 Rugby World Championship, but also placed in the top four in the All-Japan High School Rugby Tournament. After entering university, he was selected as a member of the Japanese national team in the World Rugby Under-20 Championship and a Junior Japan Player-in-Training. He was added to the Japanese Olympic team after joining its training camp as a reserve player last February. At 185 cm and 100 kg, Tokunaga specializes in contact plays that take advantage of his robust size.
 In rugby sevens, matches consist of two halves of seven minutes each. Despite the shorter match length, the playing field has the same dimensions as that used in fifteen-player rugby. This significantly changes the playing style, making it faster, with more running and passing. The composition of the groups at the pool stage has already been decided, and Japan shares Pool C with formidable opponents England, Kenya, and New Zealand.