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Kintetsu Liners
Full name Kintetsu Liners
Union Japan Rugby Football Union
Nickname(s) Liners
Founded 1929
Location Higashiosaka, Osaka, Japan
Ground(s) Kintetsu Hanazono Rugby Stadium
Coach(es) Peter Sloane
Team kit

Kintetsu Liners rugby team are owned by Kintetsu Railway Company and were founded in 1929. They have won the All-Japan Championship three times as an amateur team. Their home is at Kintetsu Hanazono Rugby Stadium in East Osaka city, Japan which was also opened in 1929.

Early in 2008 Kintetsu won promotion back to the Top League for the 2008-9 season, and it was announced that former All Blacks coach Peter Sloane would be head coach (Daily Yomiuri, April 26, 2008).



Recent history

The team managed to stay in the Top League for the second season (2004-5) by defeating Fukuoka Sanix Bombs of Kyūshū by 45-42 to gain 10th place, and then winning a challenge game.

However, in the second season (2004-5) Kintetsu was placed 11th and therefore was automatically relegated with 12th-placed IBM Big Blue.

In 2008 Kintetsu played successfully in the Top Challenge One series for promotion and won the right to appear in the All-Japan Rugby Football Championship for the first time in 33 years.


Nat. Position Player
Japan HK Koji Shigeeda
Japan HK Keita Shiomi
Japan PR Yusuke Nakamura
Japan PR Daiki Ishida
South Korea PR Angduk Sung
Japan PR Eiji Okuda
Japan PR Kaoru Saito
Japan LK Kenta Yamamoto
Japan LK Isamu Matsuoka
Japan LK Takafumi Fukuroi
Japan LK Ruatangi Vatuvei
Tonga LK Lua Lokotui
Japan FL Takaaki Okuma
Japan FL Luke Thompson
Japan FL Mikio Sato
Japan FL Yusuke Hamazato
Japan FL Daisuke Akai
Japan N8 Touetsu Taufa
Japan N8 Akimori Ono
Nat. Position Player
South Korea SH Kim Chulwon
Japan SH Takashi Sakuma
Australia FH James Hilgendorf
Japan FH Yasumasa Shigemitsu
Japan FH Chiyon Ryu
Japan CE Shyuji Yoshikawa
Tonga CE Andrew Mailei
New Zealand CE Jeffrey Ierome
Japan CE Koji Terada
Japan WG Yohei Shinomiya
Japan WG Hiromasa Matsui
Tonga WG Tafia Taufa
Japan WG Yoshihiko Kakuhama
Japan WG Yusuke Tanaka
Japan FB Kazuki Sakamoto
New Zealand FB Leon MacDonald (Joining for 2009/10)



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