Rob Hoadley

Sumo snow-clearing as weather hits rugby in Japan

Sumo snow-clearing as weather hits rugby in Japan

"Sumo wrestlers were spotted helping clear the snow Shibuya"

RBR Coach Rob Hoadley explains the impact the snow is having on rugby in Japan as his team enter the All Japan Cup.

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Mid-season update from Japan

Mid-season update from Japan

"Suntory Sungoliath, featuring influential imports Australian George Smith and South African lynchpin Fourie du Preez, once again sit proudly at the top of the pile."

Ricoh Black Rams backs and defence coach Rob Hoadley gives a mid season report on the top Japanese league as the teams take a break and go into camp.

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Coaching rugby in Japan

Coaching rugby in Japan

"Things I couldn't have anticipated include swarms of huge dragonflies invading our training sessions."

Rob Hoadley gives an insight into rugby and coaching in Japan.

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Player Profile

Name: Rob Hoadley
Club: Ricoh Black Rams
Position: Backs and Defence Coach
Years in the professional game:13

TEN QUESTIONS?

What is your dream position on the field? Would love to have had the pace to play on the wing (successfully). I did play on the wing occassionally (unsuccessfully) due to lack of pace amongst other limitations.
Who is the hardest bloke you have ever played with? Serge Betsen is possible the toughest and nicest - a great combination.
Was your professional debut memorable or forgettable? A Memorable win at Vicarage Road against Saracens.
What are your redeeming features - physical? What's not to love?
What are your redeeming traits - personality? Modesty.
Best moment in rugby? Scoring the last try in the Premiership Final in 2005.
Worst moment in rugby? Injury set backs and trying to tackle David Lemi, Paul Sackey, Tom Varndell, James Simpson-Daniel, Geordan Murphy, Inga Tuigamala etc and anyone over 15 stone!
Are you angry or a sulker in defeat? Both.
If you could sign one player for your team this year, who would it be? I'm sure we could find a place in the team for Dan Carter.
Where was your best rugby-related night out. Just place and venue please? Fancy Dress celebrations following Premiership victory in 2005 - a classic.

THREE THINGS

Three things you like? Winning, sunshine, cakes.
Three things you hate? Losing, rain, salads.
Three things you want? A holiday home by the beach, a guitar, some talent to play the guitar at my holiday home by the beach.
Three things you regret? Missing a penalty in the cubs u10s 5-a-side indoor football tournament still haunts me.
Three things that need doing at home? Breakfast, lunch and dinner.