July 21, 2012

Debutantes make winning start

In a further 'friendly' game before the upcoming summer break the Gaijin gathered at their usual training ground, the dry-as-a bone Yanokuchi Field out Chofu way, for a match against Dasewa RFC, who have just been promoted to the 1st Division of the Tokyo Cup. The Gaijin team kicked off featuring 5 new players and one on the bench. New starters were props Lachlan Ainley from Australia and Gorka Gerediaga from the Basque region of Spain, utility back Maxwell Manson from New Zealand, brothers Ebba and Eaman Kamuhanda from Uganda, and virgin rugby player Andrew Fennel from the USA.

June 26, 2012

Too young, fit and fast

Dateline: June 24th, 2012

With the Tokyo Cup over for 2012 the Tokyo Gaijin RFC organized a few 'friendlies' to get more game time for some of their fringe players and to give new guys a run out before the summer break over August. First cab off the rank was a young Sofia University side of which the team knew very little about. Like most University teams in Japan the TGRFC knew they would be well-drilled and fit and fast. The Gaijin squad was a mixture of experience and the raw. In a game littered with mistakes the Sofia University side didn't disappoint and saw the Gaijin fail to get on top of a much younger, fitter and faster University team.

June 11, 2012

TGRFC wins Setagaya 7’s

Dateline: June 3rd, 2012

After the intensity of the Tokyo Cup 1st Division and the disappointment of losing the semi-finals to Tama RFC the Gaijin turned up at Setagaya Field in Futako Tamagawa to participate in the Setagaya 7's mainly looking to enjoy their rugby and have a fun day out. Expectations were not high as the team was missing a few of their 'stars' and Bryan O'Brien, arguably the fastest man in the club, had pulled out in the morning after a week battling a bad cold.

June 11, 2012

Scene 2: Act 1 – Yellow cards prove costly

Dateline: 27th May, 2012

The Tokyo Gaijin RFC (TGRFC) gathered at Edogawa Rinkai Kyugijou ready for the battle of their lives as they faced Tama RFC in the semi final of the 1st Division of the Tokyo Cup. Tama RFC are a very successful club often finishing near the top of the Tokyo Cup and could be considered one of the best amateur teams in Japan, and the TGRFC were making history by being the first TGRFC team to make it to the semi-finals of the Tokyo Cup 1st Division. The TGRFC hadn't played Tama Club for about 10 years when they regularly played them in the Tama League before the Gaijin switched to the Shuto League.