Ten beers a night is secret of Ono’s success
Japan’s most-capped player, Hitoshi Ono, will also become the oldest player to represent his country against Samoa today, and coach Eddie Jones has put his durability down to, among other things, drinking 10 beers a night. Second row forward Ono will win his 96th cap in Milton Keynes at the age of 37.
“It’s an unbelievable achievement,” said Jones. “And he’s going to achieve his 96th cap as the oldest guy to play for Japan. He takes that record off the previous Toshiba half-back Wataru Murata. There must be something in those microchips at Toshiba.”
Jones said Ono, who made his debut against Korea in 2004, was an example to all.
“He’s an incredibly tough player and that is why he’s picked,” said Jones. “If you want a strong child, make sure they get brought up on a dairy farm, deliver the papers every morning, drink 10 beers a night.
“You should do a documentary on longevity – milk, newspapers and beer.”
Ono played in Japan’s 34-32 victory over South Africa. Jones has set an ambitious target for the 2019 World Cup hosts of reaching the quarter-finals.