Pools and Squad for Kitakyushu Sevens 2018

HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series
Kitakyushu Sevens

The HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series Kitakyushu Sevens tournament will be held in Kitakyushu from 21-22 April 2018.

The HSBC Kitakyushu Sevens is the third of five rounds in the 2017-18 HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series.

Japan, or the Sakura Sevens as they are commonly known, are in Pool B along with New Zealand, France and the USA. Meanwhile, series leader Australia are in Pool A along with Spain, Ireland and China with Canada, Russia, England and Fiji making up Pool C. Australia won both the Dubai and Sydney legs of the series to sit on top of the standings with the maximum 40 points.

Japan are one of the eleven cores teams on the series, while China will participate in Kitakyushu as the final team.

Following the HSBC Kitakyushu Sevens, the women’s series moves to Langford in Canada in May before finishing in Paris in June.


Pool A Pool B Pool C
Australia New Zealand Canada
Spain France Russia
Ireland USA England
China Japan Fiji

Pool B Games for Japan

Saturday, 20 April 2017

12:20 Japan v New Zealand
14:42 Japan v France
17:26 Japan v USA

Japan Women’s Sevens Squad for Kitakyushu

  Name Club DOB Age Hgt/Wgt
1 Chiharu NAKAMURA (c) Arukas Queen Kumagaya 25/04/1988 29 162/64
2 Noriko TANIGUCHI Arukas Queen Kumagaya 07/09/1992 25 166/66
3 Bativakalolo Raichelmiyo Arukas Queen Kumagaya 18/09/1997 20 161/71
4 Chisato YOKOO Tokyo Phoenix RC 22/05/1992 25 164/58
5 Fumiko OTAKE Nippon Sport Science University 02/02/1999 19 170/67
6 Sayaka SUZUKI RKU Rugby Ryugasaki Grace 19/05/1997 20 164/65
7 Tomomi KOZASA Hokkaido Barbarians Diana 21/11/1991 26 172/66
8 Iroha NAGATA Arukas Queen Kumagaya 21/12/1998 19 167/64
9 Yukari TATEYAMA Nippon Sport Science University 01/10/1997 20 167/61
10 Yume HIRANO Nippon Sport Science University 15/03/2000 18 160/60
11 Mifuyu KOIDE Arukas Queen Kumagaya 21/12/1995 22 165/57
12 Emii TANAKA Nippon Sport Science University 19/10/1999 18 166/65

Head Coach: Hitoshi Inada, JRFU