Japanese World Cup celebrity Kotaro Matsushima made an excellent debut for French Top 14 side Clermont on Saturday in a preseason event suit with Bordeaux Begles.
Matsushima included as a fullback in the initial fifty percent of Clermont’s 27-13 loss and also had the ability to reveal an example of his rate and also protective toughness that assisted Japan get to the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals for the very first time in 2014.
Japanese Rugby World Cup celebrity Kotaro Matsushima (R), that signed up with French side Clermont in July 2020, plays in a pre-season suit versus Bordeaux in Tulle, France, on Aug. 22, 2020. (Kyodo) (Kyodo)
“I was up to the pace of the game and pretty good at catching high balls, so I want to keep playing with confidence,” he claimed.
Matsushima claimed he was “able to communicate well” throughout the suit with his brand-new colleagues at Clermont, that ended up runner-up in the 2018-2019 period prior to last period was terminated as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Head instructor Franck Azema claimed he was greater than pleased with Matsushima’s efficiency and also was not stunned by his rate or strategy as he anticipates him to function as among the group’s toughness in the upcoming period.
The workout suit supplied the 27-year-old with a chance to obtain made use of to a greater degree of physicality, with Matsushima keeping in mind that gamers of Bordeaux — that covered the table last period prior to its cancelation — were more powerful and also took on more difficult than what he was made use of to in Japan’s Top League.
Matsushima had actually played for Suntory Sungoliath considering that the 2014-2015 Top League period prior to inking with Clermont previously this year.
He led the Brave Blossoms with 5 attempts at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan prior to they were knocked senseless by South Africa in the last 8.
Clermont will certainly deal with ruling champs Toulouse when the Top 14 period starts in very early September.