On the weekend LRB sports sat down for a cuppa & fried bread with promising young Maori rugby player Mikey Peters. Here’s what he had to say about life in Japan.
Name: Michael Peters
Weight: 103kg (Love me rice)
Rugby club in NZ: Melville, Hamilton (2016 champions baby!!!!!)
Rugby team in Japan: Hakuoh University Rugby club located in Tochigi prefecture
Original reason for coming to Japan: I actually came to Japan to play american football. Was scouted out of Hamilton to one of the biggest American Football programmes in Japan.
What was your first impression of Japan when you arrived? Man, when I first arrived I was blown away by the Kind people, choice food and flash as toilets that clean your bum bum.
Whats your favorite food in Japan? Sushi, gotta love that sushi. I can do 20 plates by my self lol.
Favorite Japanese word? Otsukare! (Good work) We often use otsukare after a good deed is done. Finishing work, practice or a game.
Where do you see yourself in the future? Hope to be still living here in Japan working and playing rugby.LRB sports guna hook me up! lol
Who are the people you look up to? of course my olds,
Who are your favorite players? My fav players are Colin Bourke who plays here in Japan and Rene Ranger.
Word for high school student considering playing in Japan? japan style of training is a lot different to home, you have to listen, train hard and adapt to their ways. Doesn’t matter if your Richie Mcaw, you still try still have to buy into their system or else your guna has tough time.