Dateline: 11th September, 2016

After a tough but victorious warmup last weekend the Tokyo Gaijin RFC began their 2016 Shuto League campaign with a crushing 48 v 0 win over Olivers RFC. Olivers RFC played well but could not crack the blue defensive wall of the Gaijin. The Gaijin picked up all the bonus points on offer in the Shuto League gaining three bonus points (1 for four tries or more, 1 for holding the opposition to zero, and one for finishing more than three tries in front) as well as the four points for the victory to go to the top of the Shuto League ladder.

Dateline: September 4th, 2016

The Tokyo Gaijin RFC have started their Autumn campaign with a tight win against Saitama Prefecture champions Kumagaya RFC. The match was organized as a 'friendly' to get rid of the rust from the summer break as the team leads into the Shuto League next week and as a way to get some game time for some newcomers to the team. Overall, there were 6 new players who suited up on the day - Alexander Auldy, Stanley Henry and Doug Picken from New Zealand, Rap Pagai from Samoa, Joshua Bateson from England and local Hiroshi Fukazawa.

Dateline: July 17, 2016

To celebrate Tokyo Gaijin RFC's 25th anniversary year an Old Boys match was set up to be played at Tatsumi on July 17th. Always a treat to play on, Tatsumi is home training ground for the Japan National Team and the Sun Wolves so ground conditions were as usual, fantastic. To qualify for Old Boys rugby players must be 35 or over,  though the Gaijin did manage to sneak in two 33 year olds. All France on the other hand were an open age team, ie. anyone from 18 years of age and up. With early summer heat and some Gaijin players getting close to 50, the match was played in three 20 minute thirds.
 
The opponent of the day was an old friend and foe over the years: the All France RFC. A lot of games have been played against All France over the past 20-something years and with them being an even more "social" rugby club than the very social Gaijin, the Gaijin have always been the winner, but once.

Dateline: 9th & 10th of July, 2016

The Sugadaira tour 2016 was a great success, only losing 1 game over the whole weekend.  

Dateline: July 3rd, 2016

The Tokyo Gaijin RFC were hoping that one of their two squads would do the team proud and win the Shuto League 10's competition. The team has a good record at the event with the Southern Hemisphere team winning it three times (including a win over their Northern team mates in the final in 2014), and the Northern Hemisphere team making the final last year.

The Shuto League has allowed the Gaijin to enter two teams into the competition for a number of years now due to their strong roster. The Northern team was made up of local Japanese and  foreigners coming from the northern hemisphere - with representatives from England, USA, Spain, France, and Croatia  this year and the Southern team was made up of foreigners from the Southern hemisphere - with representatives from Fiji, Australian and a lone Kiwi this year. As they have a far smaller pool to select from the South usually gets a few Japanese players as well (if the North don't complain too much). With the recent spate of injuries in the backs both teams were very forward heavy, not ideal in 10's.

Dateline 26th June, 2016

The Tokyo Gaijin RFC had done all the hard work through the pool and knockout stages of the Tokyo Cup and reached the final for the first time in their 25 year history. They were up against Supermen RFC, who they had thumped 85 v 17 in the 1st round of the  Champion's League (aka. Cup Winners Cup) in which they went on to win the final against Mandara RFC to create history. This game provided them with another potential first  - Tokyo Cup 1st Divsion champions.The Gaijin team on this day was quite a different team though as they had been devastated by injuries in their backs throughout the campaign. They were also missing two young Fijian backs (Kelepi & Bati Junior) who were standouts back in March.

Supermen are a quality outfit and obviously one of the best teams in Tokyo. Depite the thumping back in March they were favorites for the game and the injury count for the Gaijin made it more so. The Gaijin stayed in the game for 60 minutes but the overwhelming penalty count against them and the lack of depth brought about by the injury toll started to become apparent as the game rolled to its conclusion.

The referee was particularly harsh on the Gaijn and quickly and heavily penalised them for any perceived infractions whereas he showed Supermen a lot more leniency. The Gaijin received three yellow cards throughout the match. This was a burden that made it difficult for them to win.

By Daniel Barnett
 
Dateline Sunday June 19th 2016
 
Misato Sankei Sports Area provided the arena for this Tokyo Cup 4th Round showdown, though if the venue is familiar the result was a welcome change from last year as a muscular Gaijin outfit went from a set-piece platform to the winner's podium. 

Dateline: June 12th, 2016


No, the Tokyo Gaijin RFC  players were not playing out some bizarre fantasy in the bowels of Kabukicho or Roppongi! Nor was this some sadistic pre-game ritual. Girls RFC is another name in a long list of wierd and wierder rugby team names here in Japan.

This match was arranged in the middle of the Tokyo Cup season to give game time to new boys and guys who are still learning the game and regularly "ride the pine". The Tokyo Cup 1st Division is no place to blood new talent or let newbies gain experience. So the Gaijin started this game with what was essentially a 'B' team - rookies, old farts, newbies & a bunch of experienced guys waiting on the bench.

Dateline 29th May 2016
 
At the familiar Tokyo Cup backdrop of Edogawa’s Rinkai Kyugijo ground Tokyo Gaijin RFC managed to see off Dasewa RFC in a high scoring game that looked at times like a close call for the Gaijin.
 
The match can reasonably be described as a scrappy affair.  However there were plenty of tries and a deal of excitement as the fortunes of both teams rose and fell with the twists of the match.