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Japan’s Rebel with a cause

Shota Horie is a big influence for the Melbourne Rebels. Photo: IRB

Shota Horie is a big influence for the Melbourne Rebels. Photo: IRB

As a Japanese professional rugby player exiled in Melbourne, hooker Shota Horie is every inch the pioneering rebel with a cause.

While the domestic J-League is no stranger to overseas imports, examples of home-grown Japanese players moving in the opposite direction and trying their luck abroad are few and far between.

Horie is one of a handful who have bucked the trend, first moving to Otago, where he linked up with compatriot and fellow rugby missionary Fumiaki Tanaka, and then on to the Victorian capital of Melbourne, who, this week, rewarded him with a contract extension.

Hailed as ‘a big influence’ by Melbourne Rebels coach Tony McGahan, Horie, who has made 17 appearances since his move to Australia, has also attracted lofty praise from Japan national team boss Eddie Jones.

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Japan victors over USA

Ayumu Goromaru booted 17 points for Japan. Photo: Getty Images

Ayumu Goromaru booted 17 points for Japan. Photo: Getty Images

Japan continue to dominate the emerging rugby nations after securing a 37-29 victory over the USA in the Pacific Nations Cup.

Full-back Ayumu Goromaru put in yet another impressive performance for the Brave Blossoms, kicking 17 points as Japan secured a bonus-point victory.

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