Aki Mizutani / Sydney Convicts 1st XV forward

When Aki Mizutani came out to his family in Japan they simply said no. So what did he do? He typed ‘rugby + gay’ into Google. The Sydney Convicts Rugby Club popped up top of the list. Despite his patchy English, Aki didn’t muck around. He booked himself a one-way plane ticket to Sydney, stepped off the plane on a Wednesday, joined training on a Thursday, then played his first game of rugby with the Convicts on a Saturday. He’s a big guy in Japan and easily makes the scrum but here in Australia, it’s not that easy, compared to the other blokes, he’s small. But Aki is determined to wear the number 1 jersey and fill the position that is loose head prop.