Deaf player praised for university rugby championship

January 11, 2015

In the final game of the 51st National Collegiate Rugby Championship held in Tokyo on January 10, Teikyo University crushed its opponent the University of Tsukuba by 50-7.

Wing Otsuka Takayuki (大塚貴之), born hearing loss, laughed with joy in the circle of teammates' tossing.

Unable hear a call of his teammate nor a whistle of referee, he has dealt by watching a movement of other teammate's eyes and mouths. With his 167-cm body full of  bruises, he has applied himself to practice by the concentration exceedingly.

The captain of the Teikyo University team praised Otsuka, saying, "He never does cut corners at exercise or game." 

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