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When the Japanese dream of a French rugby player turns into a nightmare


STORY - Nicolas Kraska, winger passed by Racing and Albi, played in Japan since 2015. Cornered by the mafia methods of two leaders of the Shimizu club, he and his family were forced to return to France at the end of March. Today, career ended, he tells his story at ...

The date will remain engraved forever. March 16, 2020. One Tuesday. In a few seconds, the sky fell on his head. "

There you are, you're fired. And you have ten days to leave Japan.

Ten days to say goodbye to six years spent in the Japanese archipelago. Ten days to sort out all the administrative details, organize an international move and find three plane tickets for his wife, four months pregnant, his one and a half year old baby girl, and himself. He is Nicolas Kraska, a professional player who was living his rugby dream 10,000 kilometers from Courbevoie where, as a kid, he touched his first balls.

In France, his career peaked.

After three seasons in Racing, the winger is not retained.

In 2011, he went to the second division in Albi, then, three years later, another floor below, in Cognac.

It was then at the age of 26, he made the decision to go play in Japan, he who has Thai origins through his mother.

In 2015, he joined Tokyo to put on the jersey

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Source: lefigaro

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