A Japanese international has been run over a car after lying on a road drunk.


It happened in the early hours of Sunday morning, with prop Takuma Asahara remarkably only suffering light injuries according to police.

The report Japan Times says that he was lying on the street in a Tokyo suburb at around 2.20am when a man got into his car and pulled away, trapping Asahara underneath.

The 31-year-old had to be rescued by some of his Japan teammates, including their New Zealand-born captain Michael Leitch, who hoisted up the car and pulled Asahara to safety.

Asahara’s team Toshiba Brave Lupus made a statement on the matter: “We are extremely sorry that we have caused trouble to various people including the driver. We will ensure that such an incident will not happen again.”

It’s an unwanted distraction for the Japan Rugby Football Union, who are gearing up to host the World Cup in a year’s time. Asahara made his Japan debut in 2013 and most recently as part of a successful June, with the Brave Blossoms drawing their series with Italy 1-1 and beating Georgia 28-0.

The Union revealed that Asahara won’t be at their ongoing training camp because of injury.


Asahara plays in Super Rugby for the Sunwolves, but this incident happened in the aftermath of Toshiba’s Top League game with Coca-Cola Red Sparks in Tokyo on Saturday.

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