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Rugby: Japanese hooker Horie announces his retirement for the end of the season

International hooker Shota Horie, one of the darlings of rugby fans in Japan, announced Wednesday that he would retire from sport at the end of the season, after a career notably marked by a quarter-final of the World Cup in 2019.

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Rugby: Japanese hooker Horie announces his retirement for the end of the season

International hooker Shota Horie, one of the darlings of rugby fans in Japan, announced Wednesday that he would retire from sport at the end of the season, after a career notably marked by a quarter-final of the World Cup in 2019.

“I decided about a year and a half ago that I would play the World Cup (in France, this fall) then the season with my club, before retiring, whatever happens,” he told the press. the 37-year-old player, easily recognizable on the pitch by his dreadlocks. The hooker with 76 caps, twice elected best player in the national championship, will kick off the rugby season in Japan on Sunday with his club Saitama Wild Knights.

With the Japanese XV, he played in four World Cups including that of 2019, at home, which saw the Asian selection reach the quarter-finals (defeat against South Africa 26-3). Four years earlier, in England, he had also been part of the historic victory against the Springboks (34-32), in a group match in Brighton.

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