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8月10-17日号 ラグビー田中史朗選手 W杯で「集大成」示す

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valiant
剛勇の
hone
磨き上げる
split-second
正確無比な
secure
獲得する
spot
ポジション(position)のこと
appeal
魅力
mark
記録する
culmination
(ここでは)集大成
career
(ここでは)現役生活
intimidate
おじけづかせる
pool stage
1次リーグのこと
(be) embarrassed
(ここでは)情けないと思う
overcome
乗り越える
prestigious
名門の
compete in ~
~に参戦する
Super Rugby
ニュージーランドや南アなどの5カ国15チームが参戦する国際リーグ戦
absorb
吸収する
pick up
習い覚える
thoroughly
徹底的に
beat (→beat) ~
~を破る
feat
偉業
characterize ~ as ...
~を…と見なす
"all-time greatest upset"
「史上最大の番狂わせ」
(be) capable of ~
~できる
make it
(ここでは)通用する
break through
突破する
enemy line
敵陣

Valiant Veteran   

While rugby players generally have a reputation for being heavily built, Tanaka Fumiaki from the Canon Eagles is one of the Japan national team's smallest players, standing just 166 centimeters tall and weighing only 72 kilograms.

But by honing his split-second decision-making skills, he has secured a spot as a scrum-half, coordinating his team's offense. "The appeal of rugby is that regardless of size, people can find a position that suits them," he says.

The ninth Rugby World Cup (RWC) that starts on Sept. 20 in Japan will mark the first time for the tournament to be held in Asia. The 34-year-old Tanaka, who has played in World Cups as a member of the national team twice in the past, says, "I hope the tournament turns out to be the culmination of my career."

Tanaka felt intimidated at his RWC debut in 2011 in New Zealand, where Japan was unable to win a single game in the pool stage. He was embarrassed and regretted that "the Japanese national team contributed to the decreased popularity of rugby in Japan."

To overcome his fears, from the 2013 season Tanaka joined the prestigious Highlanders in New Zealand, becoming the first Japanese athlete to compete in Super Rugby. He absorbed high-level techniques from the team while also picking up English. Two years later, the thoroughly prepared Japanese team beat two-time RWC champion South Africa at the 2015 World Cup held in England, a feat characterized as rugby's "all-time greatest upset." Tanaka recalls the victory as "a match that left the greatest impression on me as a national team member." This tournament proved that Japan's "move-more-and-smarter" playing style was capable of making it on the world stage.

If Tanaka is chosen for the national team this year, it would be his third World Cup. The veteran says with a relaxed smile, "I'd like to enjoy playing the matches." With Japan aiming to reach the top eight for the first time, Tanaka adds, "I want people to see my passes helping my teammates break through enemy lines."

(Story by Matsuki Emi)

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