Japan rugby star Fukuoka retires

A Japanese rugby star has hung up his jersey and cleats to pursue a medical career. Fukuoka Kenki's retirement was officially announced on Friday by his team, the Panasonic Wild Knights.

The 28-year-old former wing ended his rugby career by helping his team win Sunday's Top League playoff final to claim a fifth title.

Fukuoka spent five seasons with the Wild Knights. He scored 14 tries this season, and was named the league's most valuable player.

Fukuoka thanked his fans in a statement. He said he was truly fortunate to be able to end his career with a league victory.

He said the years he spent with the team are a treasure he will cherish for the rest of his life.

Fukuoka competed in the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan as a member of the national team. Using his speed, he scored four tries and was instrumental in Japan's historic run to the quarterfinals.

Fukuoka plans to focus on his studies at medical school, to fulfill his dream of becoming a doctor.