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Nathan Hirayama

Nathan Hirayama
Nathan Hirayama 2015 RWC.jpg
Hirayama at the 2015 Rugby World Cup
Birth nameNathan Hirayama
Date of birth (1988-03-23) 23 March 1988 (age 31)
Place of birthRichmond, British Columbia, Canada
Height183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight88 kg (13 st 12 lb; 194 lb)
SchoolMcRoberts Secondary School
UniversityUniversity of Victoria
Rugby union career
Position(s) Fly-half / Fullback
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
University of Victoria
British Columbia
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Canada U20
National sevens team(s)
Years Team Comps
2006– Canada Sevens 272

Nathan Hirayama (born 23 March 1988) is a Canadian rugby player. His primary position is fly-half, however, he can also play fullback. Hirayama currently plays for the University of Victoria in the British Columbian Premiership and the BC Bears in the Canadian Rugby Championship.

Rugby career

Hirayama was selected for the Canadian national team to attend the 2007, 2011 and 2015 Rugby World Cups although he did not play any games in 2007. A substitute in 2011, he entered in the second half in two of the four Canada matches, but didn't score points. The starting fly-half in 2015, Hirayama played in the all four matches, being substituted in only one, and scoring a 20-point record in the tournament.


He made his debut for the Canadian sevens team in the 2006 Dubai Sevens in the IRB Series at 18. Two years later he debuted for the Canadian national men's team against Portugal in Lisbon. He was selected for the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens in Russia helping Canada to win the Plate competition and finishing as the tournament's top scorer with 49 points.

Hirayama was a part of Canada's rugby sevens team at the 2010, 2014, and 2018, tournament.

Personal life

Hirayama's father, Garry Hirayama, also represented Canada in both codes of the game in the eighties winning 12 caps as fly-half for the national team,[1] and was also part of Canada's first sevens team to travel to Hong Kong.[2] Together they are the first-ever rugby-playing father-son duo for Canada.


  1. ^ "Garry Hirayama". ESPNscrum. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Nathan Hirayama". Retrieved 19 September 2015.

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