Nathan Hirayama has been a mainstay for Canada Sevens since making his series debut in 2006 at the age of 18. Since then he has built a global reputation as one the top playmakers in the game as his cool persona and style on the field lulls defenses into feeling they have him in check before he either breaks the line or creates for others. Hirayama was one of the standout performers in 2012-13 as he racked up the third most points on the series with 241.Hirayama went on to top the points list at the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow as his excellent performances that campaign earned him the captaincy in 2013/14. However, an injury-plagued season led to Hirayama missing five of the nine tournaments, which meant he could not repeat or better the outstanding showings he displayed the previous year. Hirayama featured in the final two tournaments of the 2014-15 season. Hirayama has also featured for Canada’s Senior Men’s team, racking up 14 caps and scoring one try. He represented Canada at the 2011 World Cup.
Family: Parents Garry and Joan… Younger sister Natalie plays varsity soccer… His father was a Canadian international rugby player… Getting into the sport: Started playing rugby at age 14… He and his friends all decided to join the grade eight rugby team at Hugh McRoberts Secondary High School… Outside Interests: Enjoys fishing and golf… Earned a degree in education… Athlete ambassador for Right to Play… Odds and Ends: Nickname is Spicy Nate… Listens to music ahead of games to prepare… Likes to get out for a walk and fresh air before a game…
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
Men’s Sevens: 2013-14 – 6th place
PAG: 2011 – GOLD
SWC: 2013 – plate winners
CWG: 2014 – 9th; 2010 – 10th