I started my touch rugby career in Japan in 2007 and only last year took up the challenge to start up a social touch rugby club which is called Fun with Touch (FWT). The touch rugby club is based in Tatsumi, which is approximately 10 minutes away from Yurakucho station on the Yurakucho line.
My goal is to give you an insight into touch rugby in Japan, what touch rugby is, events and tournaments, as well as the general scene in Japan and in Asia. I will also look to talk about other rugby based sports such as OZ Tag and other rugby related matters.
Firstly, a little bit of background on FWT. The club started in May 2009 and has gone from a mailing list of 20 to 300 in a little over a year. We play regularly on Saturday afternoons and have enough players for 3 teams. Primarily a social sports club, FWT gives first time players a gateway into rugby and an opportunity for players that haven’t played in a while, but still have the desire to play rugby to play again. In saying that, we also have more experienced players joining in and it seems that everyone enjoys playing with each other and having a great time.
We are a diverse club with the oldest player of our club being 55 years old and the youngest 21. The average age of the players would be early 30s. We have a strong female player representation, at this stage being between 35-40% and it looks to be increasing as time goes on. This is not surprising since mixed gender and women’s touch rugby is very strong worldwide!! The main nationalities that play in FWT are Australia, British (is that a nationality?), Canada, Japan, New Zealand, and the US. We also have players from China, Turkey and France amongst other nationalities too.
Interested in finding out more about Touch Rugby? Get in touch with FWT here.