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. Canada’s greatest points scorer, Hirayama is just the fourth player to ever break 1500 points with 1718 points scored before Lima 2019. He became the first Canadian to play 70 tournaments on the World Sevens Series and helped lead Canada to their first ever Series win, bringing home gold at the 2017 Singapore Sevens. He won gold at the Pan American Games in 2011 and 2015. Hirayama has also featured for Canada’s senior men’s team, racking up 23 caps and scoring one try. He represented Canada at the Rugby World Cup in 2011 and 2015.
A LITTLE MORE ABOUT NATHAN
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… 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 Series: 2017 Singapore – GOLD
Pan American Games: 2015 – GOLD; 2011 – GOLD
World Cup Sevens: 2013 – plate winners
Commonwealth Games: 2018 – pool round; 2014 – 9th; 2010 – 10th