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2012年3月22日 (木)

the inaugural Rhino Trophy tournament & Tame's 50th birthday

3月も残り2週間をきり、ロンドンも春らしくなってきました。そして今週末にはサマータイム突入です。Six Nationsも終わりましたがロンジャパはこれからがアツい。

先週末開催されましたChedder Valley RFC, Kew Occasionals RFCとの三つ巴戦、並びにロンジャパが世界に誇る(?)「神」タメさんの50歳の誕生日イベントについて、「ルームメイト」サブローから以下レポートを頂きました。

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London Japanese took part in the inaugural Rhino Trophy tournament and celebrated Tame's memorable birthday in our style!!

This year's St Patrick's Day at the Richmond Athletic Ground was quite muddy on the pitches and very messy in the clubhouse with Guinness, Sake, London Pride and organic cider brought straight from Cheddar Valley, which was rather mysterious in its colour an its taste...!

London Japanese welcomed Cheddar Valley RFC, which play in Somerset Div 2 South currently, to Richmond and played for the Rhino Trophy together with Kew Occasionals RFC. We started our game against the hangover Cheddar side at noon-ish and played against rather young, fast and big Kew guys in the 3rd game after watching Kew boys sliced Cheddar into pieces in the 2nd game.

London Japanese 10 - 15 Cheddar Valley
Cheddar Valley 5 - 47 Kew Occasionals
Kew Occasinals 43 - 10 London Japanese

Satoshi Takehana was chosen to be our man of the match for spoiling what it would have been a try under the post by his knock on when no one was in front of him but he managed to make up for the error by scoring a great try against the strong Kew side in the 3rd game. The try was produced by collective effort by FW and Rob Galbraith cut into their deffence line with his sheer pace and Satoshi beautifully finished it off.

Kew's distinguished fly-half Ross Swanson was Man of the tournamenton on particularly fine form, not only running in several long distance tries, including one from under his own posts against us which started from a miss tackle by our round-shaped fly-half Sabro Takahashi, but also adding some excellent drop goalled conversions. Sabro cried out the guy was just too good to be there!

All players rashed into the crowded clubhouse after taking cold shower on rainy early spring afternoon to watch Six Nations Wales v France and celebrated Wales' Grand Slam! England might ruin St Patrics Day at Twickenham but we didn't really care because our party went on to celebrate our veteran scrum half Tame-san's 50th birthday!!

Captain Kazushi prepared a blond sexy girl for Tame-san and we all enjoyed tatooing our messages all around her body. She was dressed London Japanese rugby shirt on as she looked cold and perhaps a bit rude out there and the party hit climax when he gave the blondy a big kiss and hug. A special rugby shirt designed and made exclusively for Tame-san was presented to the birthday boy by all of London Japanese while thanking his committment to the club and support he gives us week-in week-out. We thank you, Tame-san!

Finally, we were absolutely pleased to welcome the lads from Cheddar and their friendship and manner simply made us proud and smile to be a rugby player. We don't only enjoy our competitive match between us, but also the time we shared in the clubhouse and later in the pub in Richmond was just fantastic. The tounament sponsor Rhino Rugby's boss Reg Clark is keen to continue the trophy will be competed for annually between Cheddar Vally, Kew Occasionals and London Japanese. We quite probably have to plan our tour to Somerset next year!

Best wishes,

Sab
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