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Japanese-Born Inoue Loves Fiji, Rugby

“I decided to play for the Skipper Cup after I was invited by my teammate and Marlins captain, Alipate Toko,” he said.
06 Aug 2020 11:23
Japanese-Born Inoue Loves Fiji, Rugby

Japanese-born Kensaku Inoue is looking forward to play in the Skipper Cup Premiership Under-19 competition.

The Ba Provincial Freebird Institute Year 12 student, who plays halfback, came in as a sub for the Yasawa Marlins whey they drew 12-12 with Nadi in the first round. He also helped beat Suva 15-12 at the ANZ Stadium in Suva last Saturday.

“I decided to play for the Skipper Cup after I was invited by my teammate and Marlins captain, Alipate Toko,” he said.

“Since the Deans Trophy competitions have been called off, I decided to play for Yasawa every weekend. I love Fiji and rugby.”

Kensaku Inoue of Japan. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Kensaku Inoue of Japan. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

The 17-year old, who is from the Kanagawa Prefecture in Japan, arrived here in 2018 as an international student.

“In 2015, I came with my family on a family trip, and I loved Fiji, nice people and beautiful beaches and well-known for hosting international students – that is why I opted to study here.”

He is in the country on a student visa and lives with a Fijian family at Rifle Range, Lautoka.

“That same year I played for the school’s rugby league Under-15 competition,” he said.

“I also played in the Deans Under-16 grade.”

He has a younger brother, who is 15 years old and attends Ratu Navula College in Nadi. His father works at a medical company in Japan, while his mother is a kindergarten teacher.

“When I was five years old, my dad wanted me to play a unique sport. Football was well known in Japan compared to rugby. Since then I have played rugby for over 10 years,” he said.

“This is my final year in Fiji, and I plan to attend university in 2021.”

The Filipe Alivereti-coached Yasawa U19 side takes on Lautoka at Prince Charles Park, Nadi, tomorrow.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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