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My name is Joe Fisher. I am a 27 year old New Zealander. I have been playing rugby since I was 5 years old. I first joined the Tokyo Gaijin RFC in 2003 when I was working as an English teacher in Japan. I captained the side in 2004 and, as captain, had responsibility for running training sessions. During this year I discovered that I really enjoyed coaching and decided that I wanted to develop my skills in this area as much as possible. After a couple of years back in New Zealand I returned to Tokyo with my fiancée Hiroko in January 2007 to work as a lawyer. I am now dividing my rugby time fairly equally between the Tokyo Gaijin and the Yokohama Country and Athletic Club (where I am 1st XV vice-captain for the 2007/08 season). The Tokyo Gaijin are kind enough to let me run training sessions for them whenever I am available to do so.
To further develop my coaching I am very interested in attending training sessions of other rugby clubs, either in Japan or further abroad. I would enjoy looking at how other coaches are doing things and would be more than happy to assist any clubs which would like some coaching assistance. Anyone interested in discussing opportunities can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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