Japan Rugby Confirms Men’s & Women’s Sevens Head Coaches

Following a board meeting on December 16th, the Japan Rugby Football Union (JRFU) has today announced that Hare Makiri will take on the role of Head Coach of the Japan Women’s Sevens National Team, joining Kensuke Iwabuchi who will continue in his position as Head Coach of the Japan Men’s Sevens National Team.

Makiri will replace Hitoshi Inada who was been in the role since 2017. Inada successfully coached the team through successive HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series and Asia Rugby Sevens Series, as well as the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 in San Francisco and the 2018 Asian Games. Hitoshi Inada will continue to serve as the Japan Women’s Sevens National Team Performance Manager. 

Hare Makiri brings to the role a wealth of playing and coaching experience at the highest levels in both Sevens and Fifteens. He represented New Zealand in age group rugby at under-18, under-19 and under-21 level, represented Counties Manukau at provincial level, played for the Chiefs in Super 12 and played for the New Zealand Maori All-Blacks. Makiri moved to Japan to play rugby for the Kanegafuchi Chemical company team in 2002 and earned his first of 26 caps for Japan against Uruguay in Montevideo in 2003. Makiri has been coaching since 2016 both at Top League level and within Japan’s national Sevens teams.

Commenting on his appointment Hare Makiri said: “Forty-two years on and I’m still striving to be a better version of myself every day. Respect, Honesty, Trust and Sacrifice are four main traits I try to live by and being involved in a coaching environment, I believe these can be four main pillars for a player to improve first as a person, but also as a player in skill, mindset and ability.

I aspire to share my knowledge of what I have learnt in and around the rugby life i.e., training, process, preparation and mental application, and find so much satisfaction in seeing the growth and confidence of players in this environment.

“You don’t have to be a world-class player to give a world-class effort” – Wayne Smith All Blacks Assistant Coach.

Bloom blossoms bloom.”

Hare Makiri will join and start leading the team on January 8th, 2021.

Hare Makiri Profile:

Name:  Hare Makiri (Hare Augustus Te Waimotoe Makiri)

Born:   May 31st, 1978

From:   Auckland, New Zealand

School:  St. Stephen’s School

Playing Career: ◆Clubs

2000          Chiefs (Super 12)

2002          Kanegafuchi Chemical (Former Kansai Company League)

2003          Fukuoka Sanix Bombs (currently Munakata Sanix Blues)

◆Provincial Level

1998-2001     New Zealand Counties Manukau

◆National Teams

1996 New Zealand U18

1997 New Zealand U19

1998 New Zealand U21

1998, 2001 NZ Maori All Blacks

April 16th, 2005  First cap for Japan National Team in against Uruguay at Montevideo

(26 caps in total)

◆Position: Lock, Flanker

Coaching Career:

2016-2017 Forward Coach, Munakata Sanix Blues

July 2017-  Assistant coach, Japan Men’s Sevens National Team

      Coach, Asia Rugby Sevens Series 2017

      Coach of Asia Rugby Sevens Series 2018

      Assistant Coach, HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2017-2018

      Coach, HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2018-2019

      Coach, HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2019-2020

      Coach, Oceania Rugby Sevens Championship 2019