LRB Sports continues its mission to unearth rising talent around Japan. This week takes us out to Rissho University to speak with a young man turning heads in the university rugby scene, Kelston boys high school old boy, Roland Alasasa
Name: Roland Alaiasa
Country: New Zealand
Weight: 93 kgs
Rugby Team: Rissho University
First impression of Japan?
Japan is a very safe country without much crime. Japanese are very modern, but they still respect and hold on to their traditions.
What is dormitory life like in Japan?
Real clean and all the boys are kind, so if we need anything we can rely on each other.
Whats you favourite Japanese food?
Would probably have to say Udon (うどん). Udon are thick white noodles made of wheat flour. They are thicker than Soba and Ramen noodles, whiter and chewier.
Favourite Japanese word?
“おねがいします, ありがとごさいます” which is “Please” and “Thank you” in English.
Would love to play rugby on an international level.
People you look up to and why?
The person I look up to would have to be my older brother Willie. He’s taught me everything I know and he’s been my main support system.
Favourite player and why?
Favorite player would have to be Kotaro Matsushima. He’s not the biggest player but he is super elusive and has speed that kills.
Advice to high school players?
Keep working hard and take every opportunity that comes your way.
Phil. 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”.
If you wern’t playing rugby what would you be doing now?
Would probably try my luck, studying Physiotherapy.