The Tokyo Gaijin RFC, typically slow starters to the season, gathered at Yanokuchi for their first game of the Shuto League against the Gentle Giants RFC. Despite having thrashed the Gentle Giants in the same encounter last year, the Gaijin knew that on this day it would be a tougher challenge as the Giants had picked up some new players. The Gaijin were also hoping to get their campaign off to a good start after having been pipped for the Championship by All Jin Jan last year on For and Against.
The trip began with a fizzle as the Tokyo Gaijin sheep decided to go with mob mentality and all followed someone with no idea of where they were going in completely the wrong direction. After returning to the starting spot, finding the tour leader Al Nimmo and heading in the complete opposite direction we were greeted by a lovely yellow bus with small chandeliers for effect. All took their seats for the long journey ahead into the Alps and rugby paradise that is Sugadaira.