A lock you can’t lock down – Dugro regaining fitness fast in Japan

PETALING JAYA: National rugby player K. Dineshwaran (pic) has returned to Japan with a refreshed mind and is only focused on doing his best for Hino Red Dolphins in the Japan Top League next year.

The player fondly known as Dugro was in Malaysia from April to September, and during that period, he got to spend much needed time with his loved ones during the pandemic period.

He decided to return to Tokyo early to prepare for the Top League, which starts on Jan 16. Dineshwaran has joined his teammates for training and at the moment, he is focused on regaining his game fitness.

“My fitness is getting better every day. I train at home, and also make sure that I follow the routines diligently on our training ground. It feels good to have a feel of the rugby ball again, ” said the 32-year-old lock. “It’s good to have spent some time with my family, and I’m in Japan with a much-refreshed mindset. I returned to training in September, and honestly, it felt good. Now it is time to fight for a starting spot.

“Since I left Japan in April, there hasn’t been drastic changes but in training, we have to abide by the standard operating procedures strictly. I’m happy to see my teammates all healthy and in good shape for next season.”

He said that perfection comes through practice, and that is the reason why he decided to head back to Japan early.

“It’s not achieved merely by reading instructions. There’s no point in following countless motivational accounts if you don’t go out and hustle. Blood, sweat and tears make a dream come true.”

Dineshwaran has been in Japan for the last six years and was playing for Hino when Covid-19 struck. Before joining Hino in 2019, he played for Yamaha Jubilo for five years in the Top League.

In the 2019-2020 Top League season, Dineshwaran played four games and missed the last two due to suspension.

Out of the six games, Hino only won once when they beat Green Rockets 27-17 where Dineshwaran scored a try. The Kedahan said 2020 has been a tough year for everyone, and hopes he can represent the nation in any tournament.

“No matter how far I go, coming back home and representing my country and my Bungaraya family will always be a special honour for me.

“Unfortunately this year, we could not participate in any competitions but the best part about this is now we have the time to prepare well for next year.

“This will give us an added advantage we never had most times. I’m sure my Bungaraya family is working very hard to be better when 2021 comes knocking.”

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