Harumichi Tatekawa

Harumichi Tatekawa (立川 理道, Tatekawa Harumichi, born 2 December 1989) is a Japanese rugby union player who can play either as a fly-half or centre. He plays for the Kubota Spears in his native country and the Brumbies in the international Super Rugby competition.[1][2][3]

Harumichi Tatekawa
Full nameHarumichi Tatekawa
Date of birth (1989-12-02) 2 December 1989
Place of birthNara, Japan
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight95 kg (14 st 13 lb; 209 lb)
UniversityTenri University
Rugby union career
Position(s) Fly-Half / Inside-Centre
Current team Kubota Spears / Sunwolves
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2012–present Kubota Spears 50 (265)
2014 Brumbies 0 (0)
2016–present Sunwolves 13 (5)
Correct as of 15 January 2017
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2012–present Japan 55 (64)
Correct as of 23 August 2018


Tatekawa started out his professional career in Japan's Top League playing for the Chiba-based Kubota Spears.[4] His impressive record in his homeland saw former Australia national coach Eddie Jones recommend him to Brumbies boss Stephen Larkham. The Brumbies were on the lookout for new talent in the 10/12 area due to an injury to Christian Lealiifano and were happy to snap him up as part of their development plan. Former Wallabies and Spears player Toutai Kefu sang Tatekawa's praises on signing for the Brumbies, saying he was the best Japanese player he'd ever seen.[2]


Tatekawa made his international debut for the Brave Blossoms in an away match against Kazakhstan in April 2012. To date he has made 39 appearances and scored 59 points including 7 tries.[5]


  1. "Tatekawa signs on as UC Brumbies first Japanese player" (Press release). Brumbies. 7 January 2014. Archived from the original on 7 January 2014. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  2. "Brumbies sign Japan star Harumichi Tatekawa". ESPN Scrum. 6 January 2014. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  3. "Brumbies dip into Japan market". Rugby 365. 5 January 2014. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  4. "Harumichi Tatekawa itsrugby.co.uk Player Statistics". itsrugby.co.uk. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  5. "Harumichi Tatekawa ESPN Scrum Player Profile". ESPN Scrum. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
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