The scene was set at Chichibunomiya Stadium in central Tokyo for two hum dinger match ups: Australia versus last year’s champs New Zealand, and South Africa versus last year’s runners up, England. The four powerhouses of world rugby in a junior edition with all teams looking to win and go on to the Grand Final held at the same venue Sunday.
The Tokyo Gaijin were able to get to the games in Fukuoka and in Tokyo on June 9 to see Round 2 of the Junior World Cup. As for Chichibunomiya (say what?) Stadium in Tokyo, the ground was in immaculate condition and the weather warm if slightly humid. To help the visiting teams cope with the heat, water breaks were taken in each half allowing the commentary team to refresh through the beer lass who so cheerily filled our cups. On to the games…
A few of the Tokyo Gaijin lads wandered on down to the mighty plush Oakwood Aoyama Residence last Thursday to meet with Mr. Keren Miers, GM of Oakwood Japan and generous sponsor the Tokyo Gaijin's 2009/10 jerseys.
June 7, 2009 had the Tokyo Gaijin out at Misato's Sankei Sports Ground with pride on the line and Rokko East to beat. With several days of rain behind us, the sun was again out in force to make the humidity level brutal and the setting just right for a tough day out on the pitch. It was necessary though as the Gaijin had thus far had a mixed Cup series: a totally unnecessary (and nasty) loss to Musashino; a fair spanking (once we wilted in the heat) against Kurumi; and a hard fought but close battle with Tama. The Gaijin still were without a win but were improving rapidly.