Kobelco Steelers

Kobe Steel Rugby Club – commonly known as the Kobelco Steelers (Japanese: 神戸製鋼コベルコスティーラーズ, Kobe Seiko Koberuko Suti-ra-zu) – are a Japanese rugby union team owned by Kobe Steel, and based in Kobe. They were the first ever Top League champions when the League started in the 2003-2004 season. The team plays its home games at Noevir Stadium Kobe (formerly Kobe Wing Stadium).

Kobelco Steelers
神戸製鋼コベルコスティーラーズ
Full nameKobe Steel Rugby Club
UnionJapan Rugby Football Union
Nickname(s)Kobelco Steelers
Founded1928
LocationKobe, Japan
Ground(s)Nadahama Ground
Coach(es)Dave Dillon
League(s)Top League
2018–19Champions
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
www.kobelcosteelers.com

Honours

Personnel

Current management team

Position Name Nationality
Director of rugby Wayne Smith  New Zealand
Head coach Dave Dillon  New Zealand
Assistant coach Nick Holten  New Zealand

Current squad

The current Kobelco Steelers squad for the 2019–20 season is:[1]

Kobelco Steelers squad

Props

Hookers

  • Ryuhei Arita
  • Hirotaka Hirabara
  • Kentaro Nagasaki
  • Kosuke Nishibayashi
  • Shohei Shikata

Locks

Loose Forwards

  • Daiki Hashimoto
  • Hikaru Hashimoto
  • Ryo Inoue
  • Go Maeda
  • Brodi McCurran
  • Shohei Maekawa (c)
  • Yosuke Sano
  • Matt Vant Leven
  • Ryuta Yasui

Scrum-halves

Fly-halves

Centres

  • Shintaro Hayashi
  • Gentaro Ikenaga
  • Taihei Kusaka
  • Timothy Lafaele
  • Charlie Lawrence
  • Issei Shige
  • Toni Vaihu

Wingers

Fullbacks

Utility backs

(c) Denotes team captain, Bold denotes player is internationally capped

Past players

References

  1. "Kobe Steelers: The Team" (in Japanese). Kobe Steelers. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
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