Sakura Sevens Team Announced for Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022
The Japan Rugby Football Union is pleased to announce the 13 players selected for the Sakura Sevens squad for the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Cape Town, South Africa. Taking place over three days, from September 9 to 11, the Rugby World Cup Sevens brings together 16 of the best national women’s sevens teams, while 24 teams will compete in the men’s competition.
The tournament will be the Sakura Seven’s fourth consecutive Rugby World Cup Sevens, having qualified for every World Cup since the inaugural women’s event back in 2009, in Dubai. The team will be looking to improve on their 10th place at the 2018 event in San Francisco, their best result to date. They will face sevens specialists Fiji in their first match on day one, with the winner going on to compete in the Championship category, while the losing side will compete in the Challenge category.
The squad departs Tokyo for Cape Town on September 1, where they will be based as they make their final preparations for their opening match on September 9.
|Yume OHKURODA||Tokyo Sankyu Phoenix|
|Fumiko OHTAKE||Tokyo Sankyu Phoenix|
|Mei OHTANI||Rissho Univ./ARUKAS QUEEN KUMAGAYA|
|Marin KAJIKI||JSDF Physical Training School|
|Mifuyu KOIDE||ARUKAS QUEEN KUMAGAYA|
|Chiaki SAEGUSA||Hokkaido Barbarians Diana|
|Michiyo SUDA||VENUS Otemon Gakuin VENUS|
|Chiharu NAKAMURA||Nanairo PRISM FUKUOKA|
|Hana NAGATA||Nippon Sport Science Univ.|
|Atecayumi BATIVAKALOLO||Nagato Blueangels|
|Wakaba HARA||Tokyo Sankyu Phoenix|
|Yume HIRANO||Nagato Blueangels|
|Sakura MIZUTANI||Tokyo Sankyu Phoenix|