The Tokyo Gaijin RFC assembled at Omiya Rugby ground for a 'Friendly' match against All France with two targets in mind...keep the winning run going and get as many new guys and less experienced guys game time as possible as they are probably not going to get it against Mandara in two weeks. Phillip Ferreira and Sean Hannon were having their first game for the Tokyo Gaijin RFC and in Sean's case, his first game of rugby ever.
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.