November 11, 2010

Around the Traps 7


* Gen Yamazaki & his wife Gyokurei became the proud parents of a baby boy, Yuji Yamazaki, on 26th August.

* Blake & Kyoko Walker welcomed a new daughter Riana Catherine Walker on the Friday 5th November.

*Dave Kelver and his wife Emi are expecting a new addition early next year, along with ex-Gaijin captain Joe Fischer and his wife HIroko later this year.

* A while ago now but Richard O'Shea & Hitomi Kurosawa annonced their engagement on May 29th. Good luck to the young lovebirds.

* The team has welcomed a few new players recently from countries not noted for their rugby nous, with Indonesian Annga Wirastomo, Sri Lankan Anjulo Silva, Spaniard Gorka Gerediaga and Italian Guiseppe Ingiglli joining German Simon Palm, who joined us earlier in the year. Other recent newcomers have been Henry Bird from New Zealand and Natsuhiko Kunitomo from Japan.

November 9, 2010

The Watermelon Men

Dateline: 7th November, 2010

Taking the field with one of the most diverse sides ever with representatives from Germany, Spain, the Basque country, Indonesia and Sri Lanka, the Gaijin knew they were in for a tough affair againt Komaba Watermelon Men B's (KWMB). The squad is an Old Boy team affiliated with Todai University and have played together for a long time and they also train together all the time....something the Gaijin can only dream of.

November 4, 2010

Typhoon Down-graded

Dateline: 31st October, 2010

The day after a typhoon blew through Tokyo ending a few days of rain the Gaijin played the Japanese National Deaf Team, aptly named the All Quiet Typhoon. Coached by Fijian Paulo Nualu, the ex-Japanese 7's coach, the team had had a few recent additions and were keen to measure themselves against strong competition as they ready for a trip to Fiji for a Deaf Rugby Tournament next year.

October 27, 2010

Gaijin Climb to Victory

Dateline: 23rd October 2010

Opposition: Fuji RFC

The Tokyo Gaijin RFC were keen for revenge against Fuji Club after suffering their only loss in the 2009 Shuto League to them, despite Fuji Club finishing bottom of the table. This loss proved expensive as the TGRFC then lost their Shuto Crown because of a weaker 'For and Against' to All Jin Jan, who had also only lost the one game, against the Gaijin.  After an opening round loss to the Gentle Giants the Tokyo Gaijin needed a win to keep their season on track. Fuji Club had already beaten Gentle Giants in the League 27v17.