One year after the historic victory of rugby, how do you make that hot air?

One year after rugby’s historic victory, how to get that heat up September 28 at 6:55 a.m.

It has been 28 days since Japan won a historic victory from powerhouse Ireland in the second match of the first league at last year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan. Rugby popularity increased at once at this time, but the situation was completely changed by the new coronavirus. As infection prevention becomes a top priority, we are beginning to explore how to connect that hot air to the future.

Last November. Rugby schools in Tokyo were flooded with small children. Rugby’s popularity increased at once in response to the World Cup.
But when I visited the same school this month, there was no small child there.

The class for young children, which had nearly 100 children, was not last held in February because of the large number of students and the difficulty in preventing infection. Currently, elementary and junior high school students have resumed training in accordance with the guidelines of the Japan Rugby Union.

Disinfect frequently during practice. The coach teaches with a loudspeaker and an electronic whistle so that the fly does not spread. When players put their luggage, various measures such as 2 meters intervals became necessary.

(Setagaya-ku Rugby School Coach Yoshikazu Yamada)
“Before the game, everyone got together and became smaller and talked to each other, but that’s not what we can’t do. A new response is now required.”

The impact is on the entire rugby world.

The effects of the new coronavirus are spreading throughout the rugby world. The Japan National Team’s activities will be suspended within the year. The national tournament for junior high school students has also been canceled.
Tosjiro Hirose, the former captain of the Japan National Team, thinks that in the future of last year’s popularity of rugby, it is time to devise opportunities to experience competition.

(Former Japan National Team captain Tojiro Hirose)
“I don’t think the fire has completely disappeared, so it’s important to create a place where people can take an interest in rugby again or get people interested in sports.”

The opportunity to touch rugby

Under these circumstances, grassroots activities have also begun to secure opportunities to play rugby. This month, four strong teams from Kanto held a joint exchange match. Coaches called for junior high school students who lost the national tournament and realized it.

Only one family member can enter as an anti-infection measure. For people who did not enter the venue, the game was relayed using the video posting site on the Internet.
The players who participated responded to the hand-made exchange match with hard play.

(Setagaya-ku Rugby School Captain Ryohei Takagi)
“I thought again that it would be good to have a match with good tension.”

“Possibilities, chances are.”

Toshiro Hirose, a former Japan national team player, expects that the spread of these grassroots movements will lead to maintaining the enthusiasm for rugby.

(Former Japan National Team captain Tojiro Hirose)
“Rugby, of course, has contacts, but I feel like there’s still a lot of potential and chances to prevent it through previous rules and mechanisms.”