Seiji Hirao in action for Japan vs Ireland. (Photo by Akito Mizutani/AFLO)
The Japanese rugby legend died aged 53 on October 20, 2016. Hirao played in three World Cups for Japan and also coached in another. He was also a key figure in bringing the next Rugby World Cup to Japan in 2019.
Hirao was affectionately known as Mr Rugby in Japan. (Photo by Akito Mizutani/AFLO)
Hirao in action for the Kobe Steelers. (Photo by Akito Mizutani/AFLO)