Dateline: 20th October, 2013

On a day best suited for ducks the Tokyo Gaijin RFC were up against Shinjuku Jacks in the fourth round of the Tokyo Cup. With a typhoon approaching Japan, the heavens had opened and the rain was bucketing down. Tatsumi field, a delicious rectangle of green grass (yes, delicious, because we don't get much green grass, especially this close to the city centre) usually drains well but even it was struggling with the constant down-pour and had a sheet of water on its surface.

The opposition, Shinjuku Jacks, had been the big improvers in the Shuto League and had only been beaten by 3 points by Olivers RFC earlier in the league, whilst the Gaijin had been beaten by about 40 points by the same opposition. All players were expecting a tough game and the TGRFC squad was a little short on numbers, perhaps due to the conditions, making the mission even tougher.

Read more: Typhoon brings out best in Gaijin

Dateline: October 13th, 2013

A strong Tama Club & Musashino Ruggers combination had too much fire-power for the Tokyo Gaijin RFC in a 'friendly' game played at Yanokuchi Field. It was to be long term player Ikuo Fukuda's last game for the Gaijin as he moves to greener pastures in Osaka. In a game where he would have liked to finish on a good note and be remembered for all the good things he has done for the team he had, unfortunately for him, one of his worst games for the club and got the Goat of the Game award.

Read more: Friendly against Combined Tama Club & Musashino Ruggers - Ikuo's Last Game

Dateline: October 6, 2013

The Tokyo Gaijin RFC played Kurumi RFC at Edogawa in a game organized to give the guys outside the regular match-day 22 more game time. With only 18 players on deck there was a lack of depth but ample opportunity for some of the guys to show their skills and push for more game time in the future. Tom Burke, despite joining the club back before summer, was having his first game with the club and regular flanker Daniel Worden was having his first game at lock due to a lack of numbers in the position.

Read more: Dominant everywhere except on the scoreboard

Dateline: September 29th, 2013

In what has been the traditaional batttle for the number 1 spot in the Shuto League over the past few years the Tokyo Gaijin RFC came up against Olivers RFC to go a long way towards deciding who would be the Shuto League Champion for 2013. Last year Olivers narrowly pipped the Gaijin in the same fixture at the same ground (Inagi Stadium) and took the title, and earlier this year in the Tokyo Cup, Olivers came from behind to score in the last minute to win the game. Everyone expected a similar close game.

Unfortunately the little man in the middle with the whistle had  a huge bearing on the game and Olivers ended up romping away to their biggest win over the Gaijin.

Read more: Referee ruins top of table fixture

Dateline: September 22, 2013

The Shuto League has three teams which started out as teams made up of predominatly foreigners: the Tokyo Gaijin RFC & the Tokyo Crusaders in first division and All France in the second division. Today, the Gaijin were playing the Tokyo Crusaders for Top Dog amonst the foreign teams in the league. The scene for the second round Shuto League battle was to be Yanokuchi Field.

Read more: Gaijin Infidels stop Crusaders

Dateline: September 8, 2013

The first round of the Shuto League for 2013 had Tokyo Gaijin RFC up against Goddams RFC with both clubs keen to get their capaign off to a good start. It was also the start to the new scrum rules introduced into rugby recently.

The game did not get off to a good start with Goddams putting the kickoff out on the full and from the following scrum on halfway Gaijin standoff Sota Kaneko did the same with his kick. So the game wasn't even 1 minute old and both teams had made fundamental errors.

Read more: Gaijin won god damn it!

Dateline: 20th & 21st July, 2013

The Tokyo Gaijin always look forward to their annual trip to the mountains and green fields of Sugudaira. It's great to play on lush green grass for a change and to escape the heat and humidity of Tokyo. The management had had some trouble getting the required numbers but thankfully captain Richard O' Shea, Kinta Kaneda and Yuji Takaku were chauffeured up there by Yamagen and survived the journey, to give the team a full squad and a couple of reserves.

The 7's on the Saturday were nothing to write home about with the Gaijin side, packed with forwards and a few slow backs, winning only one of three games. In the 15's on the Sunday, the game we were all looking forward to, Murray Clarke  was the star of the show, scoring a hatrick of tries (his first ever according to the man himself), to help the Gaijin to a stunning comeback win over Daen RFC.

Read more: Clarke turns back clock with hatrick

Dateline: July 14th, 2013

In the interests of getting the quasi-Japanese National Rugby League team some more game time, the Tokyo Gaijin RFC agreed to a half Rugby Union half Rugby League game against the Tokyo 13 warriors at the immmaculate Tatsumi Field.

With many of the Gaijin having never played league it was at times comical and at others an eyesore as they struggled with the rules of Rugby League - and let's face it, the rules of League are quite simple......compared to Rugby Union.

Read more: League v Union