IC11 Squad - Sakaki's Samurais on a mission

Sunday, July 24 2011 @ 08:25 pm ACST

Contributed by: Brett Northey

The Samurais for 2011 are strong in number (36 players named) and are lead by Michito Sakaki (pictured far left), who trained with Essendon back in 2008. Japan have been present at all International Cups but unfortunately that doesn't always translate into experience, with a high turnover as their mainly University-based players head off to careers. However this team isn't quite so young and does feature several players who have spent time playing in Australia including the excellent Box Hill North exchange program.

As we've come to expect, Japan will field a relatively short team, with the average height being 176 cm (5'9"). In fact, the typical player is not that small, but there are no tall key position players. The average age is about 23.

Of course it's simply a tremendous effort for the Samurai to attending the 2011 Australian Football International Cup given what a terrible year the country has had with the devastating tsunami and associated nuclear disaster. It's a cliché but just being there makes them winners.



2011 AFL International Cup - Japan Samurais squad

Coach: Dan Jenkins
Assistants: Jun Sekiguchi

No. Name Club D.O.B. Height (cm) Weight (kg)
1 Masaya Nakamura Komazawa Magpies/Tokyo 9/06/1989 177 77
2 Kohei Kageyama Box Hill North / VIC 13/06/1991 182 80
3 Shotaro Tada Komazawa Magpies/Tokyo 27/11/1990 177 89
4 Junji Tanaka Eastern Hawks/Tokyo 1/09/1982 183 90
5 Hayata Ono Senshu Powers/Tokyo 7/02/1990 180 70
6 Yuki Saito UTS Bats/NSW 21/10/1984 180 82
7 Kazuki Ohashi Senshu Powers/Tokyo 5/06/1987 170 68
8 Yosuke Kuno Eastern Hawks/Tokyo 12/07/1983 182 80
9 Shinichi Tanaka Eastern Hawks/Tokyo 23/05/1983 173 68
10 Hiroki Ichinose Komazawa Magpies/Tokyo 1/10/1990 175 70
11 Yuki Akita Modbury Hawks/SA 13/07/1986 172 60
12 Michito Sakaki Yokohama Aoba/Yokohama 19/05/1983 166 68
13 Ken Sato Komazawa Magpies/Tokyo 9/02/1991 186 75
14 Ryosuke Aoyama Osaka Dingoes/Osaka 14/07/1984 172 68
15 Shota Chikushi Tokyo Leopards/Tokyo 27/08/1989 170 55
16 Ryosuke Hosomi Osaka Dingoes/Osaka 17/02/1981 184 65
17 Toshiki Matsuhashi Komazawa Magpies/Tokyo 13/02/1985 171 70
18 Tsuyoshi Kase Eastern Hawks/Tokyo 25/07/1982 179 74
19 Hirotaka Mitsubayashi Tokyo Leopards/Tokyo 18/06/1990 177 66
20 Takashi Kamada Tokyo Leopards/Tokyo 16/06/1990 177 70
21 Raku Shimokawa Parkside Magpies/VIC 12/12/1989 173 73
22 Naoto Suganuma Komazawa Magpies/Tokyo 23/01/1991 178 80
23 Takaaki Seto Eastern Hawks/Tokyo 14/10/1982 170 68
24 Juri Nozaki Osaka Dingoes/Osaka 7/01/1987 180 99
25 Hisayoshi Oura Komazawa Magpies/Tokyo 13/04/1992 173 80
26 Takuma Oshikawa Komazawa Magpies/Tokyo 1/06/1991 168 53
27 Yasuhiro Takamiya Eastern Hawks/Tokyo 17/07/1984 178 90
28 Kenichiro Hayashi Eastern Hawks/Tokyo 27/12/1977 173 74
29 Mitsugu Kazawa Komazawa Magpies/Tokyo 27/12/1992 164 60
30 Takumi Sato Senshu Powers/Tokyo 10/06/1991 172 74
31 Daichi Tanabe Senshu Powers/Tokyo 11/01/1993 181 70
32 Katsuto Ikeda Senshu Powers/Tokyo 9/03/1991 175 78
33 Kunpei Komura Senshu Powers/Tokyo 24/04/1990 173 75
34 Yu Tamaki Senshu Powers/Tokyo 25/03/1993 174 70
35 Hirohito Terasawa Komazawa Magpies/Tokyo 1/10/1992 183 95
36 Kai Yoshihara Senshu Powers/Tokyo 24/08/1986 184 75

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