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Kensuke Hatakeyama

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Kenny is a 34-year old 5’10” 250 lb tighthead prop that has played 78 test matches for Japan, including the 2011 and 2015 Rugby World Cups and the famous overachievement against South Africa in 2015. Hatakeyama was the starting THP that famous day. His test debut was actually against the US Eagles in 2008 which included on the US side none other than Todd Clever, Andrew Suniula, Shawn Pittman, Paul Emerick, and Nese Malifa, all involved in some capacity in the MLR. He was also the first Japanese player in the English Premiership since 2000 playing for Newcastle Falcons in 2016.  Learn Japanese with Kensuke!