JAPAN’S TAKU LEE AND TOMOYA MACHINO ADVANCE TO CFL COMBINE PRESENTED BY NEW ERA

JAPAN’S TAKU LEE AND TOMOYA MACHINO ADVANCE TO CFL COMBINE PRESENTED BY NEW ERA

Running back and offensive lineman headed to Toronto event following CFL Global Combines in Tokyo and Osaka

OSAKA, JAPAN (February 2, 2020) – Running back Taku Lee and offensive lineman Tomoya Machino have become the first Japanese players to be extended invitations to showcase their skills for Canadian Football League (CFL) general managers, coaches and scouts at the CFL Combine presented by New Era in Toronto from March 25-28. Players from across Japan gathered in Tokyo and Osaka – two of the country’s largest cities – to take part in the weekend’s back-to-back CFL Global Combines, conducted in partnership with Japan’s National Football Association (NFA).

“We’re grateful to our incredible hosts at the NFA for coordinating and managing two great events in two days,” said CFL Chief Financial Officer and Head of Football Operations, Greg Dick. “We couldn’t have hoped for better-executed combines and we look forward to seeing Taku and Tomoya in Toronto.”

“As part of this historic moment in Japanese football, we would like to thank our partners at the CFL for their efforts in implementing this combine,” added Riichiro Fukahori, Commissioner of the NFA.

“Just one year ago, we could not have imagined this would happen – many Japanese football fans are now eagerly anticipating the day when we will have the first player from our country playing in the CFL.

“As members of the International Alliance of Gridiron Football, we are honoured to contribute to the worldwide development of the sport by strengthening our partnership with the CFL.”

During the 2019 season, CFL rosters featured, for the first time ever, one designated ‘global player’ from outside the U.S. and Canada on each team’s active roster and as many as two more on their practice rosters. In 2020, the number of global players per team will increase to two on the active roster and up-to-three on the practice roster, with as many as 45 global players competing in the league.

The full list of global players invited to Toronto will be announced following the completion of the 10 Global Combines. The 2020 CFL Global Draft is slated for April 16.

EARLY GLOBAL PLAYER INVITEES TO THE CFL COMBINE PRESENTED BY NEW ERA

Global Combine

Players

Finland

Micky Kyei
Sebastien Sagne

Sweden

William James

France

Tony Anderson
Anthony Mahoungou

Italy

Lorenzo Dalle Piagge

Great Britain

David Izinyon

Germany

Sven Breidenbach
Niklas Liesen

Japan

Taku Lee
Tomoya Machino

CFL GLOBAL COMBINE SCHEDULE

Date

Location

February 29

Copenhagen, Denmark

March 15

Mexico City, Mexico

The CFL regular season kicks off on Thursday, June 11 with the Edmonton Eskimos hosting the BC Lions at The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium. Friday Night Football debuts with a double-header on June 12 with the Toronto Argonauts visiting the Ottawa REDBLACKS before the Montreal Alouettes take on the Calgary Stampeders at McMahon Stadium. The season’s opening week concludes with a Saturday night prime-time rematch of the 107th Grey Cup as the defending champion Winnipeg Blue Bombers travel to Hamilton to face the Tiger-Cats.

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Lucas Barrett Director, Communications & Public Affairs, Canadian Football League
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