Daisuke Ohata is a former Japanese rugby union player. He usually played on the wing, and sometimes at centre, for the Japanese national team. He made his name internationally as a speedy ace in the World Rugby Sevens Series and went on to become a regular member of the national team. He entered the history books on 14 May, 2006 when he overtook David Campese’s record of 64 test tries in 101 appearances with a hat-trick against Georgia. Ohata reached the milestone in half the number of tests and the Japan Rugby Football Union presented him with a gold-striped jersey to mark his achievement. While critics argued that his record was devalued because the quality of opposition was often not of the same standard faced by Campese, Ohata proved he could cut it on the world’s biggest stage with three tries in seven Rugby World Cup appearances between 1999-2003. He retired from playing in January 2011 due to a knee injury.
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