Kotaro Yatabe

Kotaro Yatabe (谷田部 洸太郎, Yatabe Kotarō, born 29 July 1986) is a Japanese international rugby union player who plays as a lock or loose forward.[1] He currently plays for the Sunwolves in Super Rugby and Panasonic Wild Knights in Japan's domestic Top League.[2][3]

Kotaro Yatabe
Date of birth (1986-07-29) 29 July 1986
Place of birthGunma, Japan
Height1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight107 kg (16 st 12 lb; 236 lb)
SchoolTatsukilsao High School
UniversityKokushikan University
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock / Flanker
Current team Sunwolves / Panasonic Wild Knights
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2014–present Panasonic Wild Knights 40 (10)
2017–present Sunwolves 0 (0)
Correct as of 15 January 2017
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2016− Japan 15 (5)
Correct as of 27 June 2017

Club career

Yatabe has played all of his senior club rugby in Japan with the Panasonic Wild Knights who he joined in 2014. He won the Top League in both 2015 and 2016.[2][3][4]


Yatabe made his senior international debut in a match against South Korea on April 30 2016 and featured in 3 more tests against Asian opposition in the spring of 2016 before making substitute appearances against Canada and Scotland during the 2016 mid-year rugby union internationals series.[1]


  1. "Kotaro Yatabe ESPN Scrum Player Profile". ESPN. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  2. "Kotaro Yatabe Top League Player Profile" (in Japanese). Top League. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  3. "Kotaro Yatabe Panasonic Wild Knights Player Profile" (in Japanese). Panasonic Sports. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  4. "Kotaro Yatabe itsrugby Player Statistics". itsrugby. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
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