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.

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 awards.....read on.

Dateline: May 31st, 2015

The Tokyo Gaijin RFC found Kurumi RFC a hurdle to high to handle in their quarter final match-up of the 2015 Tokyo Cup. Despite having won all three games in their pool rounds Kurumi were a step up but the Gaijin did do better than last year when they were beaten by the same team 69 v 0. This time around the result was 33 v 17 with the Gaijin outscored five tries to three.

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: 17th May, 2015

The Tokyo Gaijin RFC continued their winning run in the 2015 Tokyo Cup but not without some tense final moments as Shinjuku Jacks scored 31 of their 38 points against 14 men and almost ran the Gaijin down in the second half. The Gaijin ran in 7 tries to 6 to secure a 39 v 38 win and march into the quarter finals. Halfback and vice-captain Eamonn Murphy faces a stint on the side line (a one match ban) after being red-carded early in the second half. Just before halftime (37th minute), the Gaijin had captain Apisai Bati yellow carded which meant they played 43 minutes with only 14 players.

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.

Timeline: May 10th, 2015.

Round 2 of the 2015 Tokyo Cup was played at Kasai Rinkai Koen Sports Ground and saw the Tokyo Gaijin RFC take on All Jin Jan RFC.(AJJ). AJJ had beaten Donkeys RFC by an even larger score than the Gaijin had beaten them last round and had also put up a strong battle in their last encounter in the Shuto League in 2014. It was a hot day for May but beautiful conditions for watching rugby.

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: 3rd May, 2015

A rugby game in the middle of Golden Week is generally not a good idea as many people take the 5 day holiday to get out of Tokyo and do a spot of travelling.. The Tokyo Gaijin RFC struggled to get a team together in the lead-up to the game but it would be STRUG RFC (an acronym for STreet RUGby) who would struggle on the day as the Gaijin put up a cricket score against them.

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 TGRFC.....to check out the level of competition.

Dateline: April 26th, 2015

The Tokyo Gaijin RFC turned up at Kasai Rinkai Koen Rugby Field for their first round clash with Donkeys RFC hoping to start the Tokyo Cup better than they did last year. A full squad, a large group of helpers and fans, and everyone almost on time meant the team got off to a positive start. At 1pm Donkeys RFC kicked off and it was 'game on'.

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: March 29th, 2015

The Tokyo Gaijin RFC arranged a "Friendly" game against Chiba Barbarians RFC as a warm-up for the upcoming Tokyo Cup. The Chiba Barbarians are the best amatuer side in Chiba prefecture so the match was considered an ideal warm-up. Unfortunately the Gaijin could only muster 15 players but they were able to put together a decent team even though some players were out of position.

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: March 22nd, 2015

The Champion's League, also known as the Cup Winners Cup, is a competition between the winners of all the amateur Leagues in Tokyo. The Tokyo Gaijin RFC had done marvelously well to make it to the Champion's League Final beating Mandara RFC along the way. They were up against Blackeyes RFC in the final in what was to be a tough and uncompromising game to decide the best amateur team in Tokyo.

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.

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Dateline: March 21st-22nd, 2015

The Tokyo Gaijin RFC has been attending the Manila 10's for 10 years now and it is a much anticipated event on the Tokyo Gaijin calendar. Preparations start many months in advance and Tomohiro Setoguchi must be heartily thnaked for all the hard work that he put into the event. There were the usual pull outs in the weeks before-hand, frustrating his efforts, but 6 players from outside Tokyo helped the team put together a healthy squad of 15 players.

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.

Dateline: 15th March, 2015

The Tokyo Gaijin RFC were schooled by a much superior Supermen RFC in a 'friendly' match out at Inagi Sports Ground. The Gaijin were missing regular Captain Apisai Bati, vice captain Eamonn Murphy and a host of other players as they took an opportunity to get game time for new players and 'green' players against a full strength Supermen RFC. It was always going to be tough for the Gaijin with such a 'nuts and bolts' team against one of Tokyo's top amateur teams. Supermen had been knocked out of the Champions League by Mandara, who the Gaijin beat last week, so they were keen to get back some lost pride and came out very strongly.

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.

Dateline: 8th March, 2015

With all guns firing! That's how the Tokyo Gaijin RFC knew Mandara (not Mandela but said the same way) would come out in their first Champion's Cup game (aka. Cup Winners Cup). And that's exactly what they did. The Gaijin, putting in a great defensive effort and riding on the individual brilliance of 18 year old Apisai Bati Junior, got home to take the match 19 v 10.