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Yoshikazu Fujita (born 8 September 1993 in Kyoto[1]) is a Japanese international rugby union player.

Yoshikazu Fujita
Yoshikazu Fujita, 2013.jpg
Fujita in 2013
Date of birth (1993-09-08) 8 September 1993 (age 26)
Place of birthFukuoka, Japan
Height1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight90 kg (14 st 2 lb; 198 lb)
UniversityWaseda University
Rugby union career
Position(s) Wing/Fullback
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)

St. Bede's College

Waseda University
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Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2016− Panasonic Wild Knights 9 (7)
Correct as of 15 January 2017
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2012– Japan 30 (135)
Correct as of 25 November 2017
National sevens team(s)
Years Team Comps
2011–12 Japan 5

After impressing the coaches with his form playing for the Japan sevens team, Fujita was selected for the Japan national rugby union team and became the youngest ever player to play for Japan when he took the field against the UAE in May 2012 at the age of 18 years and 210 days in his hometown of Fukuoka.[2] On his debut as Japan youngest ever player he scored 6 tries.[3] However soon after his debut later that month he suffered a serious injury where he tore the ligaments in his left knee and was ruled out of action for 10 months.[4]

He returned to play in the Pacific Rugby Cup for Junior Japan in March 2013, and then returned to the Japan national team after an injury to Hirotoki Onozawa and scored tries on his return in all three of the matches he played in the Asian 5 Nations. After scoring his 11th try for Japan against Wales in June 2013, Fujita broke the record of George North for most tries scored as a teenager in international rugby.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 藤田 慶和 | 選手・スタッフ紹介 | ラグビー | パナソニック スポーツ | Panasonic
  2. ^ "Japan / Youngest appearance".
  3. ^ "Yoshikazu Fujita 6 tries on debut".
  4. ^ "Yoshikazu Fujita blessé".
  5. ^ "Statsguru / Test matches / Player records".