Japanese rugby veteran Michael Leitch is all set for the thrill of the new season of League One, which started on December 9. This season is even more exciting as it sees numerous top global players join the competition. At the age of 35, Leitch is not just focused on this season. He is also gearing up for the Rugby World Cup four years from now. After a World Cup campaign where Japan lost to Argentina in a crucial match and failed to progress past the quarterfinals, Leitch reflects on the experience, noting that the team put their best foot forward.
Addressing The Challenges
Leitch acknowledges the need for Japan to bridge the gap with the world's best, particularly in the areas of physicality and tactics in the last 20 minutes of the game. Holding the Japanese record for the most World Cup appearances with 17 matches, Leitch is still eager to improve and help his team overcome these obstacles.
High-Level Competition Ahead
The League One this season is shaping up to be a battlefield with stars from the World Cup, including players from South Africa and New Zealand. This promises high-level, riveting matches. Named captain of Toshiba Brave Lupus Tokyo, Leitch is excited to learn from and compete against these international stars.
A Philosophy Of Persistence
Leitch's motivation comes from a personal philosophy of never conceding to age or fatigue. This mindset has helped him continue playing at a high level, even when he contemplated retirement after the 2019 World Cup. The new season of League One is a testament to his resilience and commitment to the sport. With the addition of top global players, the competition has been elevated, promising an exciting season ahead.