Keita Inagaki

Keita Inagaki (稲垣 啓太, Inagaki Keita, born 2 June 1990 in Niigata) is a Japanese rugby union player who plays as a prop. He was signed by the Sunwolves for the 2016 season of the international Super Rugby competition. He has also played for Australian team Melbourne Rebels and Top League side the Panasonic Wild Knights in his home country.[1][2][3][4][5]

Keita Inagaki
Full nameKeita Inagaki
Date of birth (1990-06-02) 2 June 1990
Place of birthNiigata, Japan
Height1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight116 kg (18 st 4 lb; 256 lb)
SchoolNiigata Technical High School
UniversityKanto Gakuin University
Rugby union career
Position(s) Prop
Current team Panasonic Wild Knights / Sunwolves
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2013–present Panasonic Wild Knights 54 (10)
2015 Rebels 1 (0)
2016–present Sunwolves 10 (0)
Correct as of 15 January 2017
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2014–present Japan 29 (5)
Correct as of 15 September 2019

Career

Inagaki started his professional career with the Panasonic Wild Knights where he lifted the Top League title in each of his first two seasons and was named in the Top League team of the year for 2014–15.[6] Such was his impact in his first two seasons as a professional that when injuries struck the Melbourne Rebels two Japanese players Shota Horie and Male Sa'u, Inagaki was signed up as a concessional signing on a one-year deal ahead of the 2015 Super Rugby season.[1][2]

International career

Inagaki featured in all four of Japan's games during the 2014 end-of-year rugby union internationals with the first two matches being non-cap internationals against the Māori All Blacks. His official test debut came against Romania in Bucharest on 15 November 2014 and he won his second cap a week later against Georgia in Tbilisi.[1][7]

References

  1. "Keita Inagaki Melbourne Rebels Player Profile". Rebels Rugby. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  2. "Panasonic prop Inagaki finalizes deal with Melbourne Rebels". Japan Times. 5 February 2015. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  3. "Keiga Inagaki Panasonic Wild Knights Player Profile". Panasonic Rugby (in Japanese). Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  4. "Keita Inagaki Top League Player Profile". Top League (in Japanese). Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  5. "Keita Inagaki itsrugby Player Statistics". itsrugby.co.uk. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  6. "Top League Awards 2014". Top League (in Japanese). Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  7. "Keita Inagaki ESPN Scrum Player Profile". ESPN Scrum. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
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