Who is New Zealand's most successful sporting export? Is it NBA superstar Steven Adams, Premier League footballer Chris Wood or IndyCar icon Scott Dixon? On the eve of the Rugby World Cup, Michael Burgess sits down with another leading candidate - the Kiwi carrying the hopes of 127 million Japanese.

As Japan begins their Rugby World Cup campaign, much on the focus will be on an unassuming Kiwi, born in Christchurch and educated at St Bedes High School.

Meet Michael Leitch.

Flanker, café owner, brand ambassador, occasional surfer and Japanese national hero.


From the snowy mountains of Hokkaido in the