Ten beers a night is se­cret of Ono’s suc­cess

The Daily Telegraph - Rugby World Cup - - Sport: Rugby World Cup 2015 -

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.

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