The Tokyo Gaijin RFC traditionally fill up the January & February months with 'Friendlies' as there are no 'Official' competitions over these mid-Winter months. It is also a good time to get inexperienced players more game time. The match against Waseda Old Boys was always going to be one of the tougher 'Friendlies' and a big learning curve for the 'greener' players. Waseda Old Boys is a misnomer as the players are much younger than the Gaijin in average age. It simply means that they have played for the powerhouse Waseda University rugby team.
Date: Sunday 23rd of January 2011, Hino Motors Ground
The games against All France had been relatively tight affairs in 2010 and with the game scheduled so early in 2011, the Gaijin were looking to continue a very positive start to the year by having a solid performance and victory. Unfortunately neither of these hopes figured in the eventual outcome with a very sub standard performance and a draw being all that was taken away from the game.
The Tokyo Gaijin RFC and their supporters gathered at Akigase Koen out in Urawa on a bitterly cold Sunday to play their last game of the 2010 Shuto League against All Jin Jan - a match that had been delayed due to a rain washout. The final clash of the 2010 Shuto League was basically a Grand Final as the two teams were even on points. All Jin Jan, despite losing to the Gaijin last year, ended up as League Champions after the Gaijin dropped a game to the cellar-dwelling Fuji Club. The Gaijin had also bested All Jin Jan again earlier in 2010 by beating them in injury time to win the 2010 Shuto 10's in a rivetting final and again in the first game of the Sugadaira 7's a week later. The teams are developing a strong rivalry and the closeness of past matches meant that this game was going to be a cracker.