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Sunwolves assistant coach Naoya Okubo will become the first Japanese head coach in Super Rugby history when he takes over the franchise for next season, the Tokyo-based team said Friday.

The 43-year-old Okubo, a former director of rugby for the Japan Rugby Top League’s Suntory Sungoliath, has been an assistant with the Sunwolves the past two seasons and will now run the team in its final Super Rugby campaign.

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