Japan women's national rugby sevens team

The Japan women's national rugby sevens team has competed in competitions such as the Hong Kong Women's Sevens.

Japan Women's Sevens
UnionJapan Rugby Football Union
Nickname(s)Sakura Sevens
Coach(es)Keiko Asami
Captain(s)Chiharu Nakamura
Team kit
World Cup Sevens
Appearances2 (First in 2009)
Best result13th place (2009, 2013)

In 2012-13 they played two World Series tournaments, resulting 13th in China. In the 2013–14 season they resulted 7th at São Paulo and 8th at Atlanta. They were not invited to any World Series tournament in 2014–15. Japan played the full 2015–16 World Series, with a best result of 9th at the Dubai Sevens, and finished 11th in the overall standings.

Japan qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics after winning the 2015 ARFU Women's Sevens Championships.[1] The team won over Kenya but lost twice to Brazil, finishing 10th in the tournament.

Tournament historyEdit

A red box around the year indicates tournaments played within the Japan

Women's Sevens SeriesEdit

Japan qualified for the 2017-18 World Rugby Women's Sevens by defeating South Africa in the finals of the 2017 Hong Kong Women's Sevens.[2]

Summer OlympicsEdit

Olympic Games record
Year Round Position Pld W L D
  2016 Placement round 10th 5 1 4 0
Total 0 Titles 0/0 5 1 4 0

Rugby World Cup SevensEdit

Rugby World Cup Sevens
Year Round Position Pld W L D
  2009 Bowl Quarterfinalists 13th 4 0 4 0
  2013 Bowl Quarterfinalists 13th 4 0 4 0
  2018 Challenge Trophy 10e 2 0 2 0
Total 0 Titles 2/2 8 0 8 0

Current squadEdit

The following is the Japan roster in the women's rugby sevens tournament of the 2016 Summer Olympics.[3]

Head coach: Keiko Asami

Backs Forwards
1 Chiharu Nakamura (c) 3 Noriko Taniguchi
7 Marie Yamaguchi 4 Mio Yamanaka
9 Mifuyu Koide 5 Ayaka Suzuki
10 Yume Okuroda 6 Ano Kuwai
11 Yuka Kanematsu 8 Chisato Yokoo
2 Makiko Tomita 12 Kana Mitsugi
13 Aya Takeuchi
  • Reserve Aya Takeuchi was added to the main squad after day 1 after Tomita suffered an injury.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Sakura Sevens qualify for Rio Olympics". JRFU.org. 29 November 2015. Archived from the original on 18 April 2016. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  2. ^ worldrugby.org. "Japan secure core place on women's series". Retrieved 2017-04-07.
  3. ^ "Japan 7s – Olympic Games Women's Sevens". World Rugby. Retrieved 24 July 2016.

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