Ben Gunter rugby player
Ben Gunter rugby player

Ben Gunter

24th Oct 1997 1.95m/120kg No. 8

Ben Gunter (ベン・ガンター, Ben Gantā) is a Japanese rugby union player who specializes as a flanker. Born on 24 October 1997 in Thailand and raised in Australia, Gunter has an interesting background that has influenced his rugby career. He grew up in Gunnedah, New South Wales, and played for the junior clubs Narrabri Blue Boars and Gunnedah Red Devils.

Currently, Gunter represents the Panasonic Wild Knights in the Top League, showcasing his skills and contributing to the team's success.

Gunter's talent and hard work have not gone unnoticed, as he earned his first call-up to the Japanese national team. Head coach Jamie Joseph included Gunter in a 52-man training squad in preparation for the British and Irish Lions test. This opportunity reflects the recognition of Gunter's abilities and his potential to make a positive impact on the international stage.

On 23 October 2021, Gunter made his international debut for Japan in a match against Australia. Starting at flanker, he showcased his abilities on the field and made a notable contribution to the game.

Gunter's journey from Thailand to Australia and his subsequent professional career with the Panasonic Wild Knights highlight his determination and passion for the sport. His selection as one of the uncapped players for the Japanese squad facing the Sunwolves and the British and Irish Lions further solidifies his position as a promising talent in Japanese rugby union.

As Gunter continues to develop and gain experience at the international level, he has the potential to become a valuable asset for both his club and the Japanese national team.

Ahead of the Rugby World Cup 2023, Gunter has been named in the training squad for Japan.



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