• Kyodo News


Japan coach John Kirwan will submit a proposal to the Japan Rugby Football Union to reinstate former Japan winger Christian Loamanu, who received a lifetime ban after testing positive for marijuana use in 2009, sources said Tuesday.

However Noboru Mashimo, a high-ranking JRFU official, was pessimistic about Loamanu’s chances of reinstatement at the board’s meeting scheduled for next month.

“We will listen to his explanation about bolstering the national squad, but it will be difficult to bring him (Loamanu) back, especially considering how fans must feel,” said Mashimo.

“He caused a lot of trouble for everyone, and he isn’t appropriate for the national team. Even if the subject comes up, it will be firmly shot down,” said another official.

Tongan-born Loamanu, 24, came to Japan when he was in high school. He gained 16 caps for the national team and played for Japan in the 2007 World Cup.

Loamanu currently plays for Toulon in France.

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