Isileli Nakajima rugby player
Isileli Nakajima rugby player

Isileli Nakajima

9th Jul 1989 1.86m/120kg Loosehead Prop

Nakajima Isileli (中島 イシレリ) is a talented rugby union player who was born in Tonga on 9 July 1989. He represents Japan internationally and currently plays for the Kobelco Steelers in the Japanese Top League. Nakajima is primarily a prop but has showcased his versatility by playing in the back row and second row as well.

Nakajima made his debut for the Japanese national team on 3 November 2018 in a match against New Zealand. His performance earned him a spot in the Japanese squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, which was held in Japan for the first time in history. Throughout the tournament, Nakajima made seven appearances, showcasing his skills and commitment to the team.

Nakajima's journey in rugby began when he moved to Japan as a teenager after being scouted by a Japanese university coach. His decision to adopt his wife's surname was both a personal choice to challenge societal norms and a symbol of his respect and love for his wife and adopted home.

Known for his power and versatility on the field, Nakajima's ability to play in different positions has made him an asset to the Japanese team. With eight test caps earned during the 2019 Rugby World Cup, Nakajima continues to make significant contributions to Japanese rugby and is recognized for his dedication and commitment to the sport.



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Loosehead Prop
2018 - present
Japan Japan
Loosehead Prop
2019 - 2023