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Michael Leitch

A dynamic player on the field, a master tactician, and highly skilled in the role of the modern loose forward, Michael Leitch is one of the greats of Japan Rugby. Michael turns in consistently outstanding performances, which are complemented by his leadership skills and professionalism. Raised in Christchurch and educated in Sapporo his rugby career blossomed in Japan, Michael Leitch captained and led the Japan team to memorable wins at the Rugby World Cup in 2015 and 2019 that made him a representative figure of modern rugby in Japan.