Japan wing Kentaro Kodama joins Rebels
Melbourne - Japan wing Kentaro Kodama has signed to play for
the Melbourne Rebels in the 2017 Super Rugby competition.
The 24-year-old Kodama, who played for the Japan-based
Sunwolves in their debut season last year, has agreed a one-year contract.
He will play alongside Japan team-0mate Amanaki Mafi at the
Rebels who open their Super Rugby season against the Blues on February 23.
Rebels general manager Baden Stephenson said Kentaro is
"a rising star of Japanese rugby. His speed and nouse for scoring tries
will add depth to the backline."
Kodama will likely play for the Rebels at the Brisbane Tens
tournament next month.
He said he is "so grateful for this opportunity with
Melbourne Rebels. I look forward to learning from the world's best players and
taking part in a game."