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.

The Tokyo Gaijn RFC celebrated another successful year at their annual Christmas Party & Awards night at Ebisu Garden Place Beer Station on December 12th, 2015. Emcees for the night were Gorka Gerediaga and Jeremy Burns. With around 70 people in attendance and a Christmas theme it was a jovial affair with lots of banter about exploits throughout the year. It was to be flanker and Captain, Apisai Bati, who carried off the top award for the second year in a row. The Most Valuable Player Award is voted on by all Tokyo Gaijin RFC players and Bati was a clear winner. He also got the 'Top Tryscorer' of the year for the second year in a row.  'Most Valuable Player Runner-up' was fullback Toshinori Minamidate. There were some 'silly' tongue-in-cheek awards given out on the night mostly for blunders or crazy happenings throughout the year. For a list of the more serious on.

Dateline 10th April 2016
Misato Sankei Sports Area proved a fine venue for an eleven try thrashing of Olivers RFC by a fully pumped if injury depleted Gaijin squad in their opening game of this year’s Tokyo Cup.

Dateline: 15th November, 2015

The final round of the 2015 Shuto League saw the Tokyo Gaijin RFC come up against Olivers RFC at the picturesque Tatsumi Rugby Ground. The Gaijin needed to win, and win well, to take out the Shuto Leaue title. They were equal top with Koryo RFC, with both teams having won every game and playing out a draw between them, but Koryo had superior bonus points and a better 'for and against'. The Gaijin players knew they needed to keep Olivers RFC scoreless to get a bonus point and score four tries to get another, but they didn't know that they had to win by 60 points, with the management deciding to keep that secret so as not to create unnecessary pressure.

Dateline: 20th March 2016
Tokyo Gaijin RFC won this year's Cup Winners Cup after a tight, physical and high scoring final in which both teams would emerge with substantial credit: the Gaijin for keeping a points lead throughout the match, and Tokyo Mandala for chasing it down until the tense final seconds.

Timeline: November 8th, 2015

A wet and misty Inagi Stadium hosted a physical clash betweeen Tokyo Gaijin RFC and Tokyo Crusaders RFC in the 4th round of the 2015 Shuto League. At the final whistle the triumphant Gaijin emerged two tries ahead of a gallant Cru that, apart from a disallowed try, failed to put points on the board.

Dateline: 13th March, 2016
Ideal spring conditions set the backdrop for the annual friendly fixture between Chiba Barbarians RFC and Tokyo Gaijin RFC on March 13th when the two teams met at Kanamachi’s Niijuku Mirai Park.  Unfortunately despite our strong start to the game the Gaijin ascendency was all to brief – and therefore so is this match report!

Dateline: 25th October, 2015

Shuto League front-runners Tokyo Gaijin RFC and Koryo RFC faced off in their third round match at Yanokuchi Rugby ground hoping to take sole possession of the lead at the top of the competition table. In a tough and brutal encounter the match ended in a 12 all draw keeping both teams joint leaders. No quarter was given in the often spiteful match with the referee having a talk to both captains on numerous occasions.

Dateline 28th February 2016
A fine bright morning at the pristine artificial pitch of Hino Motors set the scene for the second round of the 2016 Cup Winners’ Cup on February 28th.  But if the sun was in the sky, revenge was in the air as a focused Gaijin outfit cleared up any confusion over the Shuto League’s top team following the two clubs’ previous meeting in October’s scrappy draw.

Dateline: 18th October, 2015

With the Shuto League in full swing, the Tokyo Gaijin RFC played a 'Friendly' match against Nerima RFC in order to get some valuable game time for the newer members of the club that have failed to get much game time during the competition games.. Not much is known about Nerima RFC. It seems they are a team of Army players and are looking to enter the Shuto League, hence their interest in a 'friendly' game against the check out the level of competition.

Dateline: 21st February, 2016

Inagi’s Nagamine sports field played host to the first round of the 2016 Cup Winners’ Cup on February 21st and saw Tokyo Gaijin hand out an 85 – 17 drubbing to Superman RFC.

Dateline: October 4th, 2015

 The Tokyo Gaijin RFC have blown All Jin Jan RFC off the park with a comprehensive victory at Inagi Stadium in the second round of the 2015 Shuto League.. The 15 try blitz gave the Gaijin an 89 v 7 victory.. Gorka Gerediaga, Joe Nawaqavanua and new boy Harry Bucknell scored doubles. The Gaijin also introduced four new players into the game in Michael Van der Lans from the Netherlands, Nathan Rasquinet from Belgium, Boris Gombeer from France and the aforementioned Harry Bucknell from England. It is interesting to note that there were 13 different nationalities in the Gaijin squad which may be a new club record. ...and the new Scottish guy slept in and missed the game.

Dateline 2nd Feburary, 2016

Despite fears of cancellation due to a weather warning, bright sunlight was the only element flooding Edogawa’s number 3 ground yesterday as Tokyo Gaijin romped away to a 60-12 victory against Chiba’s Akanehama.  And yet, the score masked an uneven perfomance by the Gaijin with strengths consolidated, while problem areas remained unsolved.

Dateline: September 13th, 2015

Four tries from enigmatic Fijian flanker Apisai Bati helped the Tokyo Gaijin RFC to a comfortable win over Shinjuku Jacks RFC in the first round of  the Shuto League. The captain of the Tokyo Gaijin RFC and top tryscorer for 2014 is heading up the list again as the 45 year old goes from strength to strength.

Dateline 31st January, 2016

The Tokyo Gaijin held their Annual General Meeting after training on Sunday 31st January to select the major positions within the team and discuss operations for  the year. Read on for a brief description of what transpired.

Timeline: July 11th & 12th

This year the trip didn't start very well. The first group of players, departing Saturday morning were divided into two groups. One group was with Murray Clarke, in his car, and the other group was going in a rented car driven by Don Tanaka. Well, Don is a really nice guy and a good prop but, he is not known for his punctuality. The group waiting at Shibuya station was still relaxed and unconcerned when he still hadn't shown up 15 minutes after the meeting time, and considering the traffic would hopefully be still fluid at 7:15 in the morning. After a few message exchanges over social media, the group started to get worried because it was verging on being too late (and in consequence, the team could not join the first match of the 7's tournament). Luckily Don eventually showed up, and the second van departed about 40 minutes late, but the team arrived in Sugadaira in time to particpate in the 7's tournament.


Dateline: Sunday 24th, January, 2016

The Tokyo Gaijin RFC started their 2016 season with a 'friendly' match against the Kawagoe Fighters in Kawagoe, in what has become an annual event. It was a cold day, with cold wind, but the guys were ready to blow away the cobwebs and rust developed over the festive season in their first match for two months. The team met at Kawagoe station (with some delay as a person fell onto the tracks). Once the team was ready, they took a to the stadium where the match was to be played.

Last year Tokyo Gaijin RFC defeated Kawagoe Fighters but it was a close, tough match so from the warm-up the team were focused on playing tough and fast.

Dateline: July 19th, 2015

The Tokyo Gaijin's last match of the Spring season was a 'Friendly' against Girls RFC (another one of those crazy names the Japanese teams come up with). The team had absolutely no idea of how strong or good the team was (having not played them for possibly ten years), It was new for us and we had to focus on playing as if we were playing against the strongest team we had ever met, which was really difficult becasue the Gaijin were so dispersed. None were really focused on the match. Being the last match of the Spring season, and a 'friendly' one and having a drunken boat tour of Tokyo Bay after the match, it was not easy to get the guys focused. Also, our captain Mr. Apisai Bati wasn't there to add seriousness to the warmup. He eventually arrived at the kickoff.

For most  the day after Christmas is usually known for finding ways to work off the heavy eating and drinking that came the day before. For the Tokyo Gaijin, this year the opportunity came to get out and run around Setagaya's Kinuta Park with a bunch of kids.

Dateline: 5th July, 2015

The Tokyo Gaijin RFC Northern Hemisphere side has upstaged their Southern Hemisphere counterparts by making it to the final of the Shuto League 10's, however, despite a brave performance they went down in the final to Komaba Watermelonmen by 10 v 12.