The first game for the Tokyo Gaijin RFC in 2015 was an annual fixture against Kawagoe Fighters at Kawagoe stadium up in woop-woop Saitama. The winter weather was mild compared to the cold windy day of the fixture last year. The Gaijin had assembled a squad of 22 players, but were missing some experienced players. In their place were 4 debutants, Michael Austin, Javi Menra, Kohei Suzuki and Keita Kobayashi. The trusty Yu Naito, captain of Zenkai Beers RFC, also answered the call for a prop and Glen Amos was having his first game of 15's with the club after debuting in 7's lst year.
Two 19 years olds were to be stars of the show for the Gaijin with Inigo Carro and Apisai Bati Junior stealing the limelight from their older team-mates (and lowering the average age quite a bit with three 40 year-olds in the squad). The Gaijin always looked in control, though there defense was sloppy at times, and they ended up comfortable 38 v 21 winners.
The No.1 annual event on the rugby calendar - the Tokyo Gaijin RFC Christmas Party and Awards night - was held at The Sapporo Beer Station in Ebisu Garden Place on Saturday, 13th December. Seventy guests made up of players, their wives and friends, gathered to enjoy the camaraderie (and tall tales) and see who would be honoured for their services to the team. The event was emceed by team Captain Lachlan Ainley & Liam Ramshaw.
The big winner of the night was Apisai Bati who took out the Most Valuable Player for 2014 and the Top Tryscorer Awards.
2015 Shuto League Champions - the Tokyo Gaijin RFC
The Tokyo Gaijin RFC gathered at Tatsumi Ground for their last Shuto League game for 2014 having already clinched the title. There was still a lot to play for as a win would mean that had gone through the season undefeated. Their opposition, All JIn Jan RFC on the other hand, wanted a win, or at least a bonus point for 4 tries, to stave off relegation to the second division.
The Gaijin did get the victory they wanted but not without some scares along the way. All Jin Jan ended up getting their bonus point which keeps them in the top division and scored more points against the TGRFC than any other opponent in this years competition.