TOKYO – Tokyo-based Super Rugby outfit the Sunwolves named former Japan international flanker Naoya Okubo as their new head coach on Friday.
Okubo, who represented Japan at the 1999 and 2003 Rugby World Cups, becomes the first Japanese head coach in Super Rugby.
The 43-year-old replaces New Zealander Tony Brown, who was caretaker coach at the Sunwolves last season.
Okubo was part of Brown's coaching staff last year and was also the head coach of the Japanese Top League side Suntory Sungoliath from 2012-2014.
The 2020 season will be the Sunwolves' last in Super Rugby, after the competition's governing body SANZAAR and the Japanese Football Rugby Union failed to agree on the terms of their inclusion in March.