FIRST INTERPORT RUGBY MATCH (YC&AC vs KR&AC) IN 1902
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FIRST INTERPORT RUGBY MATCH (YC&AC vs KR&AC) IN 1902

Background At the end of the 19th century the two leading international trading ports in Japan were Yokohama and Kobe and they were both home to foreign sports clubs, the largest of which were the Yokohama Cricket and Athletic Club (YC&AC) and the Kobe Regatta and Athletic Club. (KR&AC). Not long after the latter was…

EARLY MITSUBISHI vs YC&AC RUGBY MATCH REPORTS
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EARLY MITSUBISHI vs YC&AC RUGBY MATCH REPORTS

EARLY MITSUBISHI vs YC&AC RUGBY MATCH REPORTS The All Mitsubishi Rugby Club was founded in 1928 and claims to be the oldest “club” team in Japan.  This is because Japan has a very unique way of classifying and counting its teams and club. In fact, its basic unit for counting is ‘teams’ and not ‘clubs.’…

1972 Interport Rugby in Japan
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1972 Interport Rugby in Japan

The annual rugby interport match played between Yokohama (YC&AC) and Kobe (KR&AC) started on Xmas day 1902 and was Japan’s longest running rugby fixture. Kobe hasn’t been able to field a team for more than 10 years. Here is a report on the 1972 match that was published in the club’s monthly in-house magazine and forwarded to me by John Quin, who played for the YC&AC that day.

1866: The untold early history of rugby in Japan | The Japan Times
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1866: The untold early history of rugby in Japan | The Japan Times

1866 and all that: the untold early history of rugby in Japan Article written by JMG for The Japan Times published in March 2014 before Tokyo International 7s The history of rugby in Japan is arguably longer than that of every major rugby-playing country in the world outside of the British Isles and Australia. Very…

OFFICIAL RECOGNITION OF BEGINNINGS OF RUGBY IN JAPAN IN YOKOHAMA, WHY IT TOOK SO LONG AND ROCK-SITTING
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OFFICIAL RECOGNITION OF BEGINNINGS OF RUGBY IN JAPAN IN YOKOHAMA, WHY IT TOOK SO LONG AND ROCK-SITTING

Days before the eagerly awaited RWC2019 commences, Yokohama City will commemorate the city’s leading role in the start of rugby in Japan and Asia by unveiling a plaque. This article takes a look at the background to this event and why such post-WW2 recognition took almost 75 years. On September 5 there will be a…

Mike’s search into Japan’s mysterious rugby past – by BBC Sport
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Mike’s search into Japan’s mysterious rugby past – by BBC Sport

BBC Sport recently published this articles following an interview Rugby World Cup: One man’s search into Japan’s mysterious rugby past Reward for 10 years of dedicated study – Mike Galbraith’s labour of love is perhaps now finally at an end Becky Grey – BBC Sport Read the full article on BBC Sport: Mike’s search into…

The ABC interviews Mike Galbraith on Sporty
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The ABC interviews Mike Galbraith on Sporty

The ABC interviews Mike Galbraith on Sporty Mike was interviewed last week on Sporty – ABC Radio National  –  the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Part1. This broadcast discussed  ‘When is it too hot to exercise or play sport?’ and is Heat stroke is potentially fatal. …and how do you know when it’s hot enough to stop?…

FUWAKU – WORLD’S FIRST SENIOR RUGBY CLUB
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FUWAKU – WORLD’S FIRST SENIOR RUGBY CLUB

Over-40’s rugby originated in Japan in the aftermath of the second world war. Its beginnings can be traced back to one evening in October 1947, two years after the end of the war, when Tokyo was still utterly devastated having been reduced to heaps of rubble. Life was a struggle characterized by confusion and disorder.

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