After almost two months with no rugby the members of the Tokyo Gaijin RFC must have been champing at the bit to get back into some rugby if the size of the squad assembled for the first fixture of 2013 was anything to go by. A squad of 29 players made their way out to Kawagoe on a chilly, windy Sunday to play against the Kawagoe Fighters in a 'Friendly' match. A big first half from the Tokyo Gaijin RFC was too much to overcome for the Kawagoe Fighters despite a strong second half fight-back. Joint top tryscorer for 2012, Sam Deroeck, got his year off to a good start scoring a hatrick in the first half.
Vice-captain Shinichiro Nakayama became the first Tokyo Gaijin player to win the annual Most Valuable Player award twice when the 2011 MVP also picked up the 2012 award at the Tokyo Gaijin Christmas Party and Awards night. Shin was voted MVP by his team mates after another impressive year at blind-side flanker. Prop John Herger came second in the voting and picked up the Runnner Up Award. Read on for further awards given out on an excellent night at the Ebisu Beer Station.
The Tokyo Gaijin RFC were honoured to finish their 2012 season with a game against a mixed team of the best of the Shuto Legaue. The game was held to sort out the possibles and probables for the Shuto League representative team to play against the Tama Representative team for the 2012 New Zealand Ambassadors Cup; So the Gaijin were basically up against the best players of the 14 teams that make up the two divisions of the Shuo League (We'll call them the Shuto League for convenience in this article). Though there were no competition points like in the recently completed Shuto League, the Gaijin were keen for victory to show that they can even beat a 'Best of the Best' team, and also to push for their own selections in the rep team. The game was to be played in three 20 minute periods.
After a night of torrential rain the the Tokyo Gaijin RFC turned up at Yanokuchi Field to find a big pool of water in one half of the field. With their opposition, a composite team of Goddamns and Kichioji Wild Turkeys players (we'll call them Goddamn Wild Turkeys or Turkeys for short), they spent the next hour trying to drain the pool with spades, buckets and rakes to make it a little more playable. The Gaijin ended up beating their opposition 45 v 7 but not before a terrible first half of rugby in which they only led 10 v 0 at halftime.