May 17, 2005 

Contents

 

  • RWC 07 Asian Qualification
    • (Japan 91 d Hong Kong 3)
    • Korea 31 ded by Japan 50
  • Sanix World Rugby Youth
  • The Rumour Mill
  • On the Horizon

 

RiJ this week brings you continuing Asian Qualification for RWC 07. The Sunday before in Tokyo the CBs played their first home Test of the season & put Hong Kong to the sword 91-3.  This weekend in Seoul the CBs took revenge for the draw last year with a 50-31 victory over Korea. RiJ also squeezes in this week a brief report on the recent Sanix World Rugby Youth Invitational Tournament 2005. Bit of a mouthful, but a good tourney that brings together an interesting mix of Rugby & social cultures through high schools.

 

RWC 07 Asian Qualification

 

Sun 8 May 2005 Chichibu, Tokyo

Japan 91 d Hong Kong 3

 

Japan 50 d Korea 31

 

Sun 15 May 2005

Seoul

Kick-off 3PM local time. (Same as Japan time)

Referee: Blair Collier

Attendance: 3,000

Halftime: J24-K17

 

Japan  ? tries: Ohata (2), ORielly (2), Makiri, Tachikawa, & Otukolo; conversions: Morita (6); penalties: Morita d.

Korea ? tries: Kim Keun Hyun, Kim Hyung Ki, Kim Jong Soo & Lee Myung Geun; conversions: Oh Youn Hyung (4); penalties: Oh Youn Hyung.

 

Japan

 

Name

Club

Age

Hgt/wgt

Caps

1

Shigeyasu TAKAGI

Yamaha

29

180/108

3

2

Ken TSUKAGOSHI

Toshiba

27

178/95

5

3

Ryo YAMAMURA

Yamaha

23

185/108

16

4

Takanori KUMAGAE

NEC

26

193/103

10

5

Jamie WASHINGTON

-

30

197/108

4

6

Hare MAKIRI

Sanix

26

190/110

4

7

Ryota ASANO

NEC

25

184/97

7

8

Takuro MIUCHI (Capt.)

NEC

29

187/107

24

9

Wataru MURATA

Yamaha

37

172/75

39

10

Kyohei MORITA

Hosei Uni

21

180/83

5

11

Hirotoki ONOZAWA

Suntory

26

180/82

25

12

Yukio MOTOKI

Kobe

33

177/88

75

13

Katoni OTUKOLO

Saitama Tech Uni

22

186/98

2

14

Daisuke OHATA

Kobe

29

176/82

48

15

Goshi TACHIKAWA

Toshiba

28

181/90

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

16

Masakazu NAKABAYASHI

Yamaha

26

178/102

2

17

Kenji KASAI

Toshiba

28

184/118

5

18

Hitoshi ONO

Toshiba

26

191/105

6

19

Phillip ORIELLY

 

 

 

1

20

Shota GOTO

Waseda Uni

22

170/71

3

21

Reuben PARKINSON

-

32

183/97

8

22

Hiroki MIZUNO

Toyota

23

170/75

3

Coach Mitsutake Hagimoto

 

Subs ? 16-2, 71 min

17-3, 71 min

18-4, 41 min

19-7, 52 min

20-9, 78 min

21 not used

22-15, 66 min

 

Korea

 

Name

Age

Hgt/wgt

1

JUNG Sung Un

23

179/110

2

SHIN Woo Sik

27

178/108

3

YOON Sung Woon

25

171/105

4

JO Sung Woo

25

185/90

5

PARK Chan Sik

20

188/85

6

YOU Young Nam

22

191/92

7

KIM Jeong Min

22

180/88

8

LEE Kwang Moon

22

187/100

9

LEE Myung Geun

27

170/75

10

OH Youn Hyung

20

178/78

11

KIM Hyung Ki

30

174/78

12

YOO Min Hyung

23

179/86

13

KIM Jong Soo

23

183/92

14

CHUN Jong Man

30

181/70

15

KIM Keun Hyun

24

182/85

 

 

 

 

16

HEO Woong

20

185/120

17

LEE Jang Woo

23

183/116

18

YOUN Kwon Woo

20

185/110

19

PARK Yong Don

25

185/102

20

YANG Young Hun

24

175/79

21

YUN Hi Su

26

179/82

22

KIM Song Soo

22

181/90

Coach

 

Japan & Korea have played each other about 25 times since their first meeting in 1969 with Japan having won 17, lost 7 with one match being drawn. Although Japan has the wood on Korea statistically, the Koreans consistently prove to be a bogey team for the much more fancied CBs. Last year Korea held Japan to a spoiling 19-all draw in Tokyo to shock Hagimoto in his first Test as national coach. While even at age group levels Korean teams consistently surprise their close rivals as in the U19 Asian Championships held in China last December where Korea defeated Japan 28-10 in the final. The 19-all draw last year enabled Korea to top Division 1 in Asian Qualification pushing Japan into second place. However, this year Japan has already played 3 Tests & Hagimoto is now in his second year as coach. Furthermore, playing away in Seoul this year in an important RWC qualifier should bring out the metal in the Japanese.

 

As of May 9, Japan is ranked 18 & Korea 22 in the IRB rankings. This is a good ranking for Korea considering the statistics given for the country on the IRB site. Korea is listed as having 65 clubs, 541 senior male players & a total of 1,606 registered players in a country of over 40 million people. Japan has thousands of clubs & over 60,000 senior male players, so it is a wonder Korea can get anywhere near Japan on the scoreboard. Another interesting facet of Korean Rugby is that it tends to be quite insular in fielding only local Korean players & no ex-pat players. This is the 7th year since annual Tests have been set up between the two countries in an attempt to strengthen the Rugby connection between Japan & Korea. It is an excellent idea that perhaps needs to be extended to something like an annual home & away contest with the occasional 3 Test series. Furthermore, playing for a cup of sorts would give both sides something extra to play for & something to show off in the trophy cabinet for the winner. In addition, including the region with Taiwan, HK & China or a Chinese Lions team would bolster Rugby in NE Asia. Food for thought.

 

Japan scored 7 tries to 4 in this Test winning by a 19-point margin in the end. Pleasingly, unlike last year in Tokyo the CBs took their chances & played the full 80 mins with many of their tries coming late in both halves. Ohata was again on the scoresheet bagging 2 tries this week with NZ born Test debutant loose forward Phillip ORielly also getting a double. Fellow Kiwi Makiri, along with fullback Tachikawa & Tongan born centre Otukolo scored the other tries. Fly half Morita continues to improve with his 6 from 7 conversions adding to his growing prestige. Japan had to work hard for this win after allowing Korea to dominate in the early stages of the first half & then again early in the second half when the home side took the lead. Muscle & enthusiasm alone was not enough for Korea to take this match due to a lack of general Rugby finesse & nous. A job well done for the visitors but fans would not have accepted anything else. Hagimoto & the squad will not be celebrating too hard this week as the season has just reached the halfway point with another 4 tough Tests to follow, albeit all at home.

 

CBs Season 2005 so far -

  • Lost v Uruguay 18-24, Sat 16 April, Montevideo
  • Lost v Argentina 36-68, Sat 23 April, Buenos Aires
  • Won v Hong Kong 91-3, Sun 8 May, Tokyo
  • Won v Korea 50-31, Sun 15 May, Seoul

 

Still to come ?

V Romania, Wed 24 May, Tokyo

V USA or Canada, Sun 29 May, Tokyo

V Ireland, Sun 12 June, Osaka

V Ireland, Sun 19 June, Tokyo

 

Sanix World Rugby Youth Invitational Tournament 2005

 

RiJ has not been ignoring this tournament it is just there has been no room to cover it. Played form 29 April to 5 May in Fukuoka, Kyushu, the Sanix high school tournament consisted of 8 local schools & 8 overseas school. The overseas schools proved too strong taking out 3 of the 4 top spots. The final was fought out between Christchurch Boys HS & The Southport School from Australia. The NZ boys took the title 32-8. Waterkloof HS from South Africa finished third with the best of the Japanese schools, Osaka Technical University HS finishing fourth. This tournament is turning into an exciting annual event with the support of the JRU, Kyushu RU, the Sanix company, school organisations & the local community.

 

The participating schools & the order in which they finished is as follows

1 Christchurch Boys (NZ)

2 Southport School (Aus)

3 Waterkloof (SA)

4 Osaka Tech Uni

5 Blackrock College (Ire)

6 Tech

7 Carmartenshire College (Wal)

8 Saga Tech

9 Keiko Gakuen

10 Higashi Fukuoka

11 Shochi Fukaya

12 Ivybridge Community College (Eng)

13 Tenri

14 Queen Victoria School (Fiji)

15 Nagasaki Kita

16 Seoul Buk Tech (Korea)

 

The Rumour Mill

Is 29 year-old Norm Maxwell on his way to Japan? The Crusaders lock & 36 Test All Black is weighing up his options with the Lions tour not too far away.

 

Local TV. Check out TV Tokyo every Monday from 23.58 to 24.12 for Rugby news. Will be shown May 16, 23, 30 & June 6, 13 & 20. Japanese only?

 

Tongan born Rugby players got into a street fracas with a Japanese female pro wrestler. Taken in for questioning by cops. One player said to be a current national player. He played against HK & he was conspicuously absent from the XXII for Korea. RiJ wonders who won the street bout?

 

On the Horizon

  • Super Cup
    • Wed 25 May: USA v Canada & Japan v Romania
    • Sun 29 May: Final & play-off for 3rd

Ian McDonnell