- NEC Green Rockets
NEC Green Rockets
Full name NEC Green Rockets Union Japan Rugby Football Union Nickname(s) Green Rockets Founded 1985 Location Abiko, Chiba, Japan Ground(s) NEC Abiko Ground Coach(es) Teruyoshi TakaiwaTeam kit2nd kit
NEC Green Rockets is a Japanese rugby union team in the Top League. The team's captain is Ryota Asano. The previous captain was Takuro Miuchi, who is currently the captain of the Japan national rugby union team. Before the semi-professional Top League was created, the team was just known as "NEC". The amateur club was founded in 1985 in the Kantō region.
NEC Green Rockets won the All-Japan Championship final for the second time on February 27, 2005, beating Toyota Verblitz 17-13. They drew 6-6 with Toshiba Brave Lupus in the 43rd Japan Championship final on February 26, 2006 after an effective defensive effort and the sin-binning of Glen Marsh in the last ten minutes of the game.
Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under IRB eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-IRB nationality.
Player Position Union Masao Amino Hooker Japan Takaharu Yamamoto Hooker Japan Yosuke Usui Hooker Japan Yuichi Hisadomi Prop Japan Nobuji Saito Prop Japan Yuta Inose Prop Japan Atsushi Kataoka Prop Japan Naoto Yoshimura Prop Japan Takahiro Doi Prop Japan Tsuyoshi Kinoshita Lock Japan Takanori Kumagae Lock Japan Tomowo Yasuda Lock Japan Taira Sato Lock Japan Shigeaki Gen Lock Japan Taku Hirosawa Lock Japan Semisi Naevo Flanker Fiji Ryota Asano Flanker Japan Ken Hidaka Flanker Japan Nili Latu Flanker Tonga Takahisa Miyamoto Flanker Japan Dean Budd Flanker New Zealand Taro Kenjyou Flanker Japan Takuro Miuchi Number 8 Japan Masaaki Isooka Number 8 Japan Makoto Tosa Number 8 Japan Player Position Union Kyohei Fujito Scrum-half Japan Ahn Senghyuk Scrum-half Korea Tsukuru Nishida Scrum-half Japan Takeshi Matsuo Fly-half Japan Eiji Ando Fly-half Japan Ryo Uchida Fly-half Japan Yuya Mizuta Centre Japan Masato Inoue Centre Japan Bryce Robins Centre Japan Siuperi Lokotui Centre New Zealand Shigeki Morita Centre Japan Tsutomu Sakuraya Centre Japan Anthony Tuitavake Centre New Zealand ShindouKamaike Wing Japan Koichiro Kubota Wing Japan Koichi Ohigashi Wing Japan Hayato Sezaki Wing Japan Koshiro Syuto Wing Japan Hidefumi Yamamoto Wing Japan Keiji Takei Fullback Japan Hiromasa Yoshihiro Fullback Japan
- John Kirwan - before the Top League started, head coach of Japan national rugby union team
- Kiyonori Okano
- Takayuki Higo - coach
- George Konia
- Glen Marsh
- NEC, Toshiba share title, Daily Yomiuri, February 27, 2006
- NEC Green Rockets - official site
- Rugby gods smile on Green Rockets, Japan Times February 28, 2005
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