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Drunk Japan international run over by car

Japan's Takuma Asahara during international against Italy on June 9, 2018 in Oita, Japan. (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)

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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sean 2 hours ago
The bite don't match the bark

Yeah, he has a few good points… I disagree that our 7s haven't done anything, we won Bronze in 2016, and we were virtually unplayable to the backend of the “teens” winning the series. 7s is far more competitive globally than Union, so it's fair to say we haven't dominated, but we are almost always contenders. But I do agree that our national side doesn't perform nearly as well as it should between World Cups, and I do agree that our supporters can be too passionate and the opitimity of what Rugby stands against. I have said so many times. And I also believe some context needs to be taken into account with Saturday's win for Ireland. They're a really good team! Settled coaching staff, and bar a few legends retiring, they've had a full season and plenty of time together. We have some youngsters being groomed for the future, have played only 3 games now under a new coaching team with new philosophies and game plans. I'm excited by what the future of this team holds, as much as I am disappointed by the result. But unlike this article suggests, I am never going to take away from what Ireland has achieved, is achieving, and where they're heading. As a Rugby fan, I love the tight games, like the last two weekends. As a Bok Super Fan, I agree we don't perform as well as we should. And as an aside, you come play a game at 7am on our fields, bud. -2°c and frost on the field that is as hard as concrete…. Then we’ll see just how tough you are. Well done Ireland! They played well, and gave our boys a lot to think about. That's what you want from the top two teams in the world. Rugby won. The fans of this greatbsport won. A'n bullshit like this article is why Rugby is losing its identity. I don't like soccer. This article perpetuates the soccer influences the game of Rugby is starting to see. It's why Wayne Barnes retired, feared for his family, and he isn't the only ref to say so. I have called out many Bok fans for being an embarrassment to the game, and I will continue to do so., this article is close to the same bullshit. You should be better.

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