Rugby

Japan flank killed by train

2010-04-06 09:39
Tragic loss (File)
Tokyo - Former Japan international Yasunori Watanabe has died after being hit by a train at the weekend, police said on Monday.
  
The 35-year-old, a flank for Japan's 'Brave Blossoms' in three World Cups from 1999-2007, fell from a platform at Kamakura, south of Tokyo on Saturday.

Watanabe represented his country 32 times before retiring from rugby in 2009.

An employee at the station witnessed Watanabe's tumble on to the tracks at about 2130 on Saturday and said there were no other people around him, according to police.

Watanabe joined the Toshiba Brave Lupus club in Tokyo in 1997 after graduating from Nippon Sport Science University.

He helped the team win a hat-trick of domestic league titles between 2004-06.
 

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