A Japanese rugby player has somehow escaped with only minor injuries after being run over by a car following a wild night out in Tokyo.
The Japan Times reported Takuma Asahara was drunk and lying on the street in the early hours of the the morning when the bizarre incident occurred.
The 31-year-old prop, who plies his rugby trade for the Toshiba Brave Lupus, was allegedly pinned beneath a vehicle before his teammates heroically stepped in to assist.
According to the Toshiba rugby team, Japan’s national team captain Michael Leitch and some of Asahara’s teammates literally lifted the car up to pull him to safety.
The most outrageous thing – Asahara was relatively unscathed from the ordeal.
Yeah I found him after I sent the tweet. He's built like a brick house, not very tall but SOLID. All those gym days saved his life.
— アン (@wonderosa) September 25, 2018
The Brave Lupus has since released a statement regarding the incident, apologising on Asahara’s behalf.
“We are extremely sorry that we have caused trouble to various people including the driver,” the statement read.
“We will ensure that such an incident will not happen again.”
The Japan Rugby Football Union also provided an update on the situation, alluding to an “unspecified injury” as the cause of the prop’s absence from the national team camp.
Reason for Takuma Asahara missing Japan camp
He was drunk & asleep in the road and was hit by a car. Fortunately no serious damage – except perhaps to his reputation.#Toshiba players including Michael Leitch lifted car off the prop. #BraveBlossoms #Japan #rugbyunited pic.twitter.com/Rhsy0yCH66
— Rich Freeman (@FreemanrugbyJPN) September 25, 2018