Naoya Okubo

Naoya Okubo (大久保直弥, Ōkubo Naoya) (born 27 September 1975 in Osaka, Japan) is a former Japanese rugby union player. Okubo played 23 matches for the Japan national rugby union team from 1999 to 2004.[1]

Naoya Okubo
Date of birth (1975-09-27) September 27, 1975
Place of birthOsaka, Japan
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Flanker, Lock
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1999-2004  Japan 23 (0)

As of December 2013 Okubo is the coach of Top League team Suntory Sungoliath.[2]

He was named the first Non-kiwi coach of the Suwolves in their last year of super rugby in 2020.


  1. "Naoya Okubo - Japan". ESPNscrum. ESPN Inc. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
  2. Emma Stoney (27 November 2013). "In Japan, a Unique Setup Helps and Hinders Rugby". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 5 December 2013.

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