Full name Daisuke Ohata
Born November 11, 1975, Osaka
Current age 40 years 172 days
Major teams Japan, Japan XV
Height 5 ft 9 in
Weight 187 lb
|IRB Rugby World Cup||1999-2003||7||7||0||15||3||0||0||0||0||7||0||0.00|
|Test debut||Japan v Korea at Taipei, Nov 9, 1996 match details|
|Last Test||Japan v Korea at Hong Kong, Nov 25, 2006 match details|
|Test Statsguru||Main menu | Career summary | Match list | Most points | Most tries | Tournament list|
Daisuke Ohata is the current world-record holder for international Test tries. He made his debut on the wing for Japan in 1996 and clocked up 69 tries in 58 tests for the Cherry Blossoms.
Upon overtaking David Campese's record of 64, Ohata was greeted with rapturous applause from Japanese rugby fans but discouraging indifference from other Test-playing nations. Ohata broke Campeses's record with the second try of his hat-trick against Georgia in May 2006.
Ohata was a prolific try scorer, regardless of the opposition. His turn of pace and ability to carve apart defences marked him out as a player who is successful because of ability rather than the inadequacy of his opponents. He notched tries against France, Ireland, Wales and Argentina.
Ohata played at two World Cups and was part of the Japanese team that managed to restore some pride in their badge following years of embarrassment at their 145-17 mauling to New Zealand in 1995, with battling displays against Scotland and the USA during the World Cup in 2003.
Ohata was in line to make his third World Cup in 2007 after recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon in his right foot to make the provisional squad. In a cruel twist of fate, he then ruptured the Achilles in his other foot during the warm-up for his comeback game against Portugal, ruling him out of the tournament.
Ohata continued to ply his trade in the Top League after disappearing from the international stage, but was forced to call time on his career in January 2011 following a knee injury.