Elissalde names first Japanese squad
October 6, 2005

Jean-Pierre Elissalde has named his first squad since taking over as Japanese coach.

From an initial list of 60 players, the squad has been whittled down to 36 for Japan's game against Spain on Nov. 5th at Tokyo's Chichibunomiya. However, in naming the squad, team manager Osamu Ota said that further names could be added to the squad, before it gets together for a training camp prior to the test match. Ota also said that no decision had been made as yet on who will captain the team.

With only three weeks of the Top League gone, the squad has been picked on early-season form.
The good showing from Toshiba Brave Lupus sees them with seven representatives in the side, while Sanyo Wild Knights have five along with Kubota Spears and NEC Green Rockets.

Naoyo Okubo of Suntory Sungoliath returns to the squad following his return to Japan from New Zealand, while notable exclusions include two veterans from Kobe Kobelco Steelers in Japan's record cap holder Yukio Motoki (79) and Takeomi Ito (62). The only foreign-born players in the squad are Touriki Mau and Nataniela Oto, both of whom recently became Japanese citizens.

The Lipovitan D Challenge game is Japan's last game before the decision on who will host Rugby World Cup 2011 is made in Dublin on Nov. 17th.

The Japan Rugby Football Union is encouraging all fans to turn up in red to show their support for the national team and for the JRFU's bid to host rugby's flagship competition.

Yuichi HISATOMI NEC GREEN ROCKETS
Shigeyasu TAKAGI YAMAHA Jubilo
Ken TSUKAGOSHI TOSHIBA BRAVE LUPUS
Yuji MATSUBARA Kobelco Steelers
Ryo YAMAMURA YAMAHA Jubilo
Kenji KASAI TOSHIBA BRAVE LUPUS
Tomokazu SOMA SANYO WILD KNIGHTS
Touriki MAU WORLD FIGHTING BULL
Toshizumi KITAGAWA TOYOTA VERBLITS
Mamoru SEINO KUBOTA SPEARS
Takashi AKATSUKA KUBOTA SPEARS
Tsuyoshi SATO SANYO WILD KNIGHTS
Naoya OKUBO SUNTORY SUNGOLIATH
Takanori KUMAGAE NEC GREEN ROCKETS
Takashi KIKUTANI TOYOTA VERBLITS
Ryota ASANO NEC GREEN ROCKETS
Tomoaki NAKAI TOSHIBA BRAVE LUPUS
Takuro MIUCHI NEC GREEN ROCKETS
Hajime KISO YAMAHA Jubilo
Wataru IKEDA SANYO WILD KNIGHTS
Mamoru ITO TOSHIBA BRAVE LUPUS
Keiji HIROSE TOYOTA VERBLITS
Hiroaki ITO KUBOTA SPEARS
Tatsuhiko OTAO YAMAHA Jubilo
Daisuke OHATA Kobelco Steelers
Hirotoki ONOZAWA SUNTORY SUNGOLIATH
Oto NATANIELA TOSHIBA BRAVE LUPUS
Kosuke ENDO TOYOTA VERBLITS
Shotaro ONISHI WORLD FIGHTING BULL
Hideyuki YOSHIDA KUBOTA SPEARS
Teppei TOMIOKA TOSHIBA BRAVE LUPUS
Seichi SHIMOMURA SANYO WILD KNIGHTS
Junpei ENOMOTO SANYO WILD KNIGHTS
Kentaro AWAZU KUBOTA SPEARS
Goshi TACHIKAWA TOSHIBA BRAVE LUPUS
Keiji TAKEI NEC GREEN ROCKETS

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