Timeline: May 31st, 2015

 

SCORE: KURUMI RFC 33 (    ) TGRFC 17 (  )

Man of the Match: Liam Ramshaw

TEAM:

1. Tomohiro Setoguchi (Japan)

2. Liam Ramshaw (England)

3. Tsunaki 'Don' Tanaka (Japan)

4. Gorka Gerediaga (Basque)

5. Lachlan Ainley (Australia)

6. Apisai Bati (Fiji)

7. Dan Worden (NZ)

8. Takashi Tanikawa (Japan)

9. Alaister Nimmo (England)

10. Sota Kaneko (Japan)

11. Wataru Sato (Japan)

12. Hitoshi Chihara (Japan)

13. Toshihiro Minamidate (Japan)

14. Ryo (Japan)

15. Takuya Ichizono (Japan)

Reserves: (16) Tommy Nasuno (Japan), (17) Kosuke Yamamoto (Japan), (18) Tsukasa Takasugi (Japan), (19) Daniel Barnett (England), (20) Jone Tora (Fiji), (21) Joffa Harris (Australia), (22) Paul Bertier (France), (23) Akira Yamagen (Japan)

Dateline: 3rd May, 2015

A rugby game in the middle of Golden Week is generally not a good idea as many people take the 5 day holiday to get out of Tokyo and do a spot of travelling.. The Tokyo Gaijin RFC struggled to get a team together in the lead-up to the game but it would be STRUG RFC (an acronym for STreet RUGby) who would struggle on the day as the Gaijin put up a cricket score against them.

Read more: STRUG struggles to make an impact

Dateline: April 26th, 2015

The Tokyo Gaijin RFC turned up at Kasai Rinkai Koen Rugby Field for their first round clash with Donkeys RFC hoping to start the Tokyo Cup better than they did last year. A full squad, a large group of helpers and fans, and everyone almost on time meant the team got off to a positive start. At 1pm Donkeys RFC kicked off and it was 'game on'.

Read more: Tokyo Cup Round 1 - Gaijin make an ass out of Donkeys

Dateline: March 22nd, 2015

The Champion's League, also known as the Cup Winners Cup, is a competition between the winners of all the amateur Leagues in Tokyo. The Tokyo Gaijin RFC had done marvelously well to make it to the Champion's League Final beating Mandara RFC along the way. They were up against Blackeyes RFC in the final in what was to be a tough and uncompromising game to decide the best amateur team in Tokyo.

Read more: Defeat In Champions League FInal

Dateline: March 21st-22nd, 2015

The Tokyo Gaijin RFC has been attending the Manila 10's for 10 years now and it is a much anticipated event on the Tokyo Gaijin calendar. Preparations start many months in advance and Tomohiro Setoguchi must be heartily thnaked for all the hard work that he put into the event. There were the usual pull outs in the weeks before-hand, frustrating his efforts, but 6 players from outside Tokyo helped the team put together a healthy squad of 15 players.

Read more: Manila 10's 2015

Dateline: 15th March, 2015

The Tokyo Gaijin RFC were schooled by a much superior Supermen RFC in a 'friendly' match out at Inagi Sports Ground. The Gaijin were missing regular Captain Apisai Bati, vice captain Eamonn Murphy and a host of other players as they took an opportunity to get game time for new players and 'green' players against a full strength Supermen RFC. It was always going to be tough for the Gaijin with such a 'nuts and bolts' team against one of Tokyo's top amateur teams. Supermen had been knocked out of the Champions League by Mandara, who the Gaijin beat last week, so they were keen to get back some lost pride and came out very strongly.

Read more: Schooled

Dateline: 8th March, 2015

With all guns firing! That's how the Tokyo Gaijin RFC knew Mandara (not Mandela but said the same way) would come out in their first Champion's Cup game (aka. Cup Winners Cup). And that's exactly what they did. The Gaijin, putting in a great defensive effort and riding on the individual brilliance of 18 year old Apisai Bati Junior, got home to take the match 19 v 10.

Read more: Armed resistance from Mandela doesn't get them out of jail

Timeline: March 1, 2015

The Tokyo Gaijin RFC gathered at Asaka Ground out at Musashi University to play a 'friendly' match against the University in order to get in a good preparation for the upcoming Champion's Cup (aka. The Cup Winners Cup). They were playing a young, fit ,fast and well-drilled University team which would be a good rehearsal for the approaching Cup.

Read more: Too young, too fit, too fast...and well-drilled.