Dateline: June 1st, 2014

On this beautiful Spring day, with conditions more like summer, the Tokyo Gaijin RFC only had won thing on their wish list and that was a win at all costs after their poor Tokyo Cup campaign which recently ended. They were up against Otowa RFC, a team ranked within the top three in the Saitama area, at the scenic Omiya Kenpo ground. The TGRFC delivered more than that, playing Otowa RFC off the park with an inpressive 94 v 0 result. It was a 14 try romp with Fijian flankers Joe Nawaqavanua (with 4 tries) and Apisa Bati (3 tries) scoring half the teams tries between them.

Read more: Otowa RFC destroyed

Timeline: May 4th, 2014

After a horror Tokyo Cup campaign the Tokyo Gaijin RFC arranged a 'friendly' game a against a Shuto League select we'll call the Shuto Barbarians, in an effort to get back on the winning track. They did that convincingly with a lot of help from their big Fijian flanker Joe Nawaqavanua who scored 4 tries and at times toyed with the defense making it look all too easy. He even showed some surprising pace in one 50 metre try. Many thanks to Joy Kaloumaira for taking the following game notes.

Read more: The Joe Show at Inagi

Dateline: 27th April, 2014

After a rather lackluster first round of the Tokyo Cup the Tokyo Gaijin RFC were hoping for some redemption in their battle with Kurumi RFC in their second round match at Komaba Rugby Ground.  The Gaijin had managed to scrape out a win in their last encounter with Kurumi more than a season ago, but knew that this was going to be a tougher encounter. With both Captain, Lachlan Ainley, and Vice-captain, Toshi Miyano, still out with injuries their aim was made even tougher.

At the end of the day though, they were given a lesson in controlled and disciplined rugby as Kurumi smashed the Gaijin to the tune of 69 points to zero. The Gaijin were simply outplayed in every phase of the game - both technically and in enthusiasm. The Gaijin had two players spend 10 minutes in the sinbin for yellow-card infringements and they also had a player sent off (red card) in the last 15 minutes. Playing a man down for 30 minutes of the game did not help their cause.

Read more: Architects of their own demise

Dateline: April 20th, 2014

The Tokyo Gaijin kicked off the first round of the Tokyo Cup for 2014 against Waseda RFC. The Gaijin were taking the field without their captain Lachlan Ainley (dislocated shoulder - 2 months) and vice captain Toshi Miyano (neck injury - indefinte) after two unfortunate incidents at training the week before. With two of their best players out , there were big holes to fill in the side but  the team was still looking forward to putting on a good display and getting first round honours.

Read more: Tokyo Cup First Round Loss

Dateline: March 21-24, 2014

The annual Manila 10's is a much anticipated event on the Tokyo Gaijin RFC calendar and the team had managed to get a decent squad away from their work and families for a weekend of rugby and extreme indulgence in amber liquids. The tour couldn't get off the ground without a hiccup though, despite the good work of organizers Phillip Ferreira and Tomohiro Setoguchi. It was Jesse Takahashi that made the trip out to Narita airport to be told that he couldn't fly because his passport had less than 6 months of validity. Enjoy your weekend in Tokyo Jesse. I'm sure we'll have a beer for you.

Read more: Manila 10's, 2014

Date line: March 9th, 2014

With the Tokyo Gaijin RFC going through a baby boom with at least 7 babies due this year it was only natural that one would be born on a Rugby day to leave the under-manned Tokyo Gaijin RFC further short of players. Proud new father Mosese Rarasea was contemplating rugby or family, early on this particular Sunday morning, when the decision was made for him by his new addition and he had to race his wife to hospital. The Gaijin would not be granting Rarasea a celebratory gift on this day when they were convincingly beaten by the Chiba Barbarians.

Read more: Chiba Barbarians storm home

Date Line: 2nd March, 2014

A 7:00 o'clock meeting time on a cold, windy morning was not conducive to getting the Tokyo Gaijin RFC players into rugby mode. It was their responsibility to set up the field for a 10:00 am kickoff against All JIn Jan RFC. By the time 10:00am rolled in the team was keen to get out on the field and get warm. Thanks to scrum power and the dynamic Fijian duo of Mosese Rarasea and Sovita Tai they were able to come away with a  24 v 5 victory.

Read more: Cold, Wind & All Jin Jan

Minutes of the 2014 Annual General Meeting of the Tokyo gaijin RFC

Date: 2nd February, 2014

Location: Belamie Bar & Restaurant, Yanokuchi

Chair: Joffa Harris

Minutes: Joffa Harris

Read more: Annual General Meeting for 2014