Japan worldwide Kotaro Matsushima stated Sunday that French Top 14 side Clermont are the very best fit for his design of rugby, as the group presented him at their Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin house ground.
“I want to master the skills that will allow me to make full use of my speed,” stated the 27-year-old that relocates from Japan Rugby Top League side Suntory Sungoliath.
In his search for a club in France, Matsushima stated he got in touch with previous Suntory colleague Matt Giteau. The previous Wallaby had actually transferred to Suntory after having fun with French side Toulon.
Kotaro Matsushima (back) of Japan completes for the sphere versus a South Africa gamer throughout the 2nd fifty percent of a Rugby World Cup quarterfinal suit on Oct. 20, 2019, in Chofu, western Tokyo. (Kyodo)
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“I was asking how Clermont plays and what the club culture is,” Matsushima stated. “I think it was the best choice for me to come to Clermont. You keep the ball a lot and move the ball, and I think that suits me very well.”
Matsushima, that racked up 5 shots for Japan finally year’s Rugby World Cup, stated he is open to playing in various settings.
“I like fullback but if the coaches like me at another position, I want to try it as well,” he stated. “My challenge is to keep my standard at a high level and help my team win this Top 14 and the European Cup.”
Japan worldwide Kotaro Matsushima is visualized at Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin, the house arena of his brand-new club French Top 14 side Clermont on July 12, 2020. (Kyodo)