The Tokyo Gaijin RFC gathered way out in Chiharadai, out in woop-woop Chiba, to play the Chiba Barbarians for the first time ever. The Chiba Barbarians are the strongest amateur team in Chiba prefecture and the TGRFC were using the game as a level-appropriate warm-up for the upcoming Tokyo Cup First Division. It would also herald the Tokyo Gaijin debut for new prop Tsunaki 'Don' Tanaka
The Tokyo Gaijin RFC managed to get the minimum 10 players together for a crack at the Manila 10's 2013, set for the weekend of March 16th & 17th, but only due to the assistance of the Old Boys network around the world. In fact only 7 members of the team back in Tokyo would be making the tour. This included a herculean effort by Gorka Gerediaga to join the squad at the last minute while fixing up his new visa at the same time. Tour manager Rick Bales had also been working hard behind the scenes to procure two Fijian players from the Fiji Flat Earth Old Boys to give the Gaijin an eventual squad of just 11 players. Fingers crossed there would be no injuries.
There were worries before the start of the match against Mandara that, much like there was against the disaster that was the Watermelon men game, there would be a lack of backs in the team. Fortunately that was not the case and it was hoped that the troubles that plagued Tokyo Gaijin in that game (and there were too many to mention) would not make an appearance against Mandara.