On Saturday the 28th of February, 2009 the TGRFC met for their Annual General Meeting at the Black Lion in Meguro, to discuss ways to meet the oncoming year of rugby and administration. In order to discuss and analyse the all important functions of the team for the year, we would need to go through a rigorous process of re-hydration, voting, vouching for someones ability to do a job you don't want, sipping beer, discussing plays, drinking, talking about grand schemes for the team, tasting some more liquids and finish it up by making some promises of a new approach to the game that would not be recalled in the morning. This was seen to be the best way to get an effective turn out at the meeting and is in no way related to the usual Japanese standard of attending important meetings drunk.
PROMOTION TO FIRST DIVISION: Due to the surprise demotion of Superman Club from the 1st to the 4th Division (for fielding unregistered professional players), the Tokyo Gaijin have been promoted to take their place. As the runner-up finalist in the 2008 Second Division the Gaijin ran Rokko East Club hard in the promotion/relegation match until the final minute where Rokko East put the pressure on and pulled off a deserved try out wide. In 2009 the Gaijin will be looking to improve upon that performance on the backs of their senior players and an increasingly talented bench. And we know we can!
Sunday Feb 8th saw a friendly match between the Gaijin and the boys from the USS George Washington, who wanted to venture off base to get a taste of rugby local style. After finding a field and referee at the last minute, the Gaijin and Navy lads were set to do battle on the fields of Shibamata, the rugby then to be followed up with some serious grilling and beer consumption. With word out that the GW boys were being kind enough as to drag half a cow all the way from Yokosuka Naval Base early that morning for the post-match barbecue - the Tokyo Gaijin saw a record number of props show for the match, though were surprised when realising that prop forward Chris Lucas was conspicuously absent. Wind conditions were difficult and steadily worsening, setting up a blustery match and giving grave concern to all about the potential to barbecue.