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Daisuke Ohata
Japan
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Full name Daisuke Ohata
Born November 11, 1975, Osaka
Current age 39 years 15 days
Major teams Japan, Japan XV
Position Wing
Height 5 ft 9 in
Weight 187 lb

Test career
Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Won Lost Draw %
All Tests 1996-2006 58 55 3 345 69 0 0 0 27 30 1 47.41
IRB Rugby World Cup 1999-2003 7 7 0 15 3 0 0 0 0 7 0 0.00

Career statistics
Test debut Japan v Korea at Taipei, Nov 9, 1996 match details
Last Test Japan v Korea at Hong Kong, Nov 25, 2006 match details
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Daisuke Ohata is the current world-record holder for international Test tries. He made his debut on the wing for Japan in 1996 and clocked up 69 tries in 58 tests for the Cherry Blossoms.

Upon overtaking David Campese's record of 64, Ohata was greeted with rapturous applause from Japanese rugby fans but discouraging indifference from other Test-playing nations. Ohata broke Campeses's record with the second try of his hat-trick against Georgia in May 2006.

Ohata was a prolific try scorer, regardless of the opposition. His turn of pace and ability to carve apart defences marked him out as a player who is successful because of ability rather than the inadequacy of his opponents. He notched tries against France, Ireland, Wales and Argentina.

Ohata played at two World Cups and was part of the Japanese team that managed to restore some pride in their badge following years of embarrassment at their 145-17 mauling to New Zealand in 1995, with battling displays against Scotland and the USA during the World Cup in 2003.

Ohata was in line to make his third World Cup in 2007 after recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon in his right foot to make the provisional squad. In a cruel twist of fate, he then ruptured the Achilles in his other foot during the warm-up for his comeback game against Portugal, ruling him out of the tournament.

Ohata continued to ply his trade in the Top League after disappearing from the international stage, but was forced to call time on his career in January 2011 following a knee injury.

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May 22, 2014
Japan's Daisuke Ohata holding the Webb Ellis Cup on its arrival in Tokyo on first stop of the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour
Japan's Daisuke Ohata holding the Webb Ellis Cup on its arrival in Tokyo on first stop of the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour
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May 14, 2006
Daisuke Ohata, player portrait
Daisuke Ohata, player portrait
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