This is the column where you find out what is happening with your team. Read on to find out about the comings and goings from your team, the rumours and innuendo, with a few sprinkles of real news to top it off. This is the first Around the Traps for three months and the first of 2012 so HAPPY NEW YEAR to all Tokyo Gaijin members and their families.
After a day of constant rain and further rain in the bitterly cold morning Tokyo Gaijin RFC players were expecting their game against the Kawagoe Fighters to be cancelled, but the call came at 9am that the game was still on and a strong squad managed to gather at Kawagoe Train Station around noon for the 30 minute bus ride to Kawagoe Stadium. The Kawagoe Fighters were something of an unknown quantity. The TGRFC had played them before and lost but it was on the Sugadaira Tour about 3 years previously after the Gaijin had been on the turps all night and performed as such. So the form guide had to be thrown out the window.
Continuing on with our 20th Year Anniversary interviews of people who have made the Tokyo Gaijin RFC what it is today we come to Jeff "Joffa" Harris.
Joffa, of Newcastle, Australia, is the longest serving player in the history of the club with over 15 years of service. He is also the oldest current player at 43. He has held the position of Captain in the past and has been manager for the past 8 years.
TG: Joffa, how did you get your nickname?
Joffa: I'm not entirely sure. I believe that Garna Dowling and perhaps Kaz Naito came up with it in the early days. Still don't know why. Before that it was the 'Black Swamp'. I think that was something to do with me on the drink. I was told I resembled the creature from the Black Swamp.