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5 Reasons Why Japan's Man Of The Match Is Already Sport's Greatest Unsung Hero

By Conor O'Leary
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Meet Fumiaki Tanaka. Tanaka is a 30 year old Japanese international scrumhalf, and was the man of the match in their historic victory over South Africa yesterday.

Tanaka plays his rugby in New Zealand with Otago and the Highlanders. He is currently the back up to one of the best scrumhalves in the world in Aaron Smith, and is a key figure in the rise of the Japanese national team's rise to 11th in the world.

Tanaka is a hero. He has all of the charisma and intent to enjoy himself of Nick Cummins, without any of the 'English abilities'.

Tanaka has become known in Super Rugby for some entertaining off field videos, and you can tell just through an image search on google that he clearly enjoys his rugby.

1. He Hijacks Interviews

It's his latest video, Fumiaki Tanaka made a special guest appearance in teammate Joe Wheeler's interview on a New Zealand TV show called "The Crowd Goes Wild". And we mean special.


As you  can see from the thumbnail, it's a bit bizarre. It's one of those occasions that even though you can see what happens, listening to the reaction of the interviewers just gets funnier and funnier.

2. He Takes Sumo Wrestling Very Seriously

If you enjoyed that, here is Fumiaki Tanaka introducing his Highlanders' teammates to Japanese sumo wrestling:



3. He Knows How To Entertain The Crowd

4. He Gets Stuck In:

Reminds me of Jimmy Bullard:



5. All Without Speaking A Word Of English

The man, the legend: Fumiaki Tanaka

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