Ryuji Nakatake

Coaching Director at Japan Rugby Football Union,
CEO at Teambox Inc.
Managing Director at Sports Coaching Japan Association


learn to UNLEARN

Professionally, I'm a director of coaching for rugby, in other words, I’m “the coach for the coaches.” In all honesty, trying to coach a coach is an extremely difficult task. The reason being that, while almost all coaches are already pros at teaching, most are not when it comes to being taught.
Yet, if you look the coaches that really perform well, every single one of them is both a professional teacher as well as a professional learner. A coach who can outlearn the others also has the ability to outperform by bringing up winning players and building winning teams.
During my career, I've seen a great number of world class coaches who excelled at the international level, and overwhelmingly the one thing they all have in common is that, more than possessing an exceptional ability to teach, they were able to turn the things they were taught by their colleagues into learning opportunities for their own personal growth.
Besides rugby, I'm currently involved in leadership education in other areas as well, such as other sports and in the field of business. My objective is to continue cultivating coaches and leaders who will excel in the art of learning, as I believe it is they who will go on to build capable teams and great organizations.

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Ryuji Nakatake

Coaching Director at Japan Rugby Football Union,
CEO at Teambox Inc.,
Vice Managing Director at Japan Wheelchair Rugby Federation,
and Managing Director at Sports Coaching Japan Association.

Ryuji Nakatake was born in 1973, from Fukuoka prefecture.
Graduated from Waseda University, Japan and completed his master degree at the University of Leicester,UK.
After he served at Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc., he had appointed to the director of rugby club at Waseda University.
In 2010, he became the coaching director, whom lead leaders as "a coach of coach", in Japan Rugby Football Union.
Since 2012 to 2015, he had experienced the head coach of U20 Japan national team
and also served as the substitutional head coach of the Japan national team in 2016.
He started Teambox Inc., in order to serve traing service for leaders in companies, since 2014.
In 2018, he started Sports Coaching Association, where to create and encourage learning opportunity for coaches, and making effort as a managing director.

Career Timeline

  • 1973

    Born in Fukuoka prefecture, Japan

  • 1993

    Started at Waseda University and joined the university rugby team. Although I had no play experience in official games until my junior year, my senior year I was appointed as team captain and our team became runner-up in Japan’s national university championship.

  • 1997

    Graduated from Waseda University and finished graduate school at the University of Leicester Sociology Department in England

  • 2001

    Began work at Mitsubishi Research Institute

  • 2006

    Accepted position as team coach for the Waseda University rugby team (though I didn’t have any coaching experience at the time) and won two consecutive national university championships in 2007 and 2008.

  • 2010

    Ended term as rugby coach at Waseda and started as Director of Coaching at the Japan Rugby Football Union

  • 2012

    Served as head coach of the Japan national under 20 rugby team

  • 2014

    Served another term as head coach for the Japan national under 20 rugby team. For the first time ever, the team ranked in the top 10 in the World Rugby Championship.

  • 2016

    Acted as interim head coach of the Japan National Rugby Team in the Asian Rugby Championship

  • 2017

    Ended a term as head coach of the Japan national under 20 rugby team
    Actively continuing to cultivate and educate global leaders in sports and in the business world.


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