Newsletter #025 (14th July)

///Newsletter #025 (14th July)

Newsletter #025 (14th July)



  • Class information for Autumn season
  • Report on SIRC AGM
  • Shibuya Natsumatsuri in Yoyogi Park
  • Friendly match with French diplomats
  • Report on Brian’s farewell party
  • Report on Farewell to Hamilton Family and End of season touch rugby
  • Because I’m his buddy!

Class information for Autumn season

Here is the current schedule for the Autumn classes. However, please note:

  • If we need to suspend our class due to bad weather, we will inform you via our official Facebook page, Twitter, and e-mail.
  • Dates and times may change subject to any joint training sessions or a friendly matches being organized.


  • 15(Sun) Showa Women’s University
  • 22(Sun) Showa Women’s University
  • 28(Sat) BST Nagasawa Sports Ground
    *Samurai : Games with Kings School(U12) from Sydney
    *Other classes:Regular training / Cheering for Samurai
    *All classes: BBQ


  • 6(Sun) Showa Women’s University
    * Samurai and Shogun U13 : Games with Norths Pirates from Sydney(U13)
    * Other classes:Regular training
  • 27(Sun)
    * Shogun : BST Nagasawa Sports Ground > Games with Alnwick Rugby Club from North East of England(U16)
    * Other classes:Showa Women’s University > Regular training


  • 10(Sun) Showa Women’s University
  • 17(Sun) Showa Women’s University
  • 24(Sun) Showa Women’s University


  • 1(Sun) Showa Women’s University
  • 8(Sun) BST Nagasawa Sports Ground
    * U18 : Games with Malaysian International School(U18)
    * Other classes:Regular training / Cheering for U18

Basic training time

  • 9:00a.m.-10:30a.m. : Super Ninja / Ninja / Junior Samurai
  • 10:30a.m.-12:00p.m. : Samurai / Shyogun / U18

Venue and Age Groups 

Showa Women’s University [ Click here for Showa Women’s University ]

BST Nagasawa Sports Ground [ Click here for BST Nagasawa Sports Ground ]

Age Groups-2019  [ Click hire for the Age Groups-2019 ]

Other events-TBA-

  • 18(Sun)August : Shibuya Natsumatsuri in Yoyogi Park
  • 4(Fri) October : Tokyo Hilton / Party with Richmond Club with our 2nd Anniversary
  • 5(Sat) October : BST Nagasawa Sports Ground / Adult Friendly Match with a group of touring French diplomats
  • 12(Sat) /13(Sun)October : French International School / International Kids Rugby Event
  • Autumn : Tokyo Rugby School Tournament

Report on SIRC AGM

The 2018-19 Annual General Meeting was held at Showa Women’s University on Sunday 30 June, attended by around 40 parents.
The meeting was lead by James Hollow as Master of Ceremony and the English-Japanese translation was made by Melissa Inooka, both of them are parents of the club.

Koji Tokumasu, President of SIRC, opened the meeting by introducing the brief history of the club, the current organising structure and the financial report of 2018 fiscal year. The chairpersons of various committees made their progress reports. The Q and A session was held at the end of the meeting.

The documents presented at the meeting will be available in this news letter in due course.

Shibuya Natsumatsuri inYoyogi Park

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Looking for kids to go on stage at the below summer festival at Yoyogi Park!

  • Date/Time: 18Aug(Sun) 3 p.m.〜 3:30p.m.
  • Place: Yoyogi Park, Keyaki-namiki
  • Event URL:

We have been invited to go on stage for 20min and looking for a few kids to help us do a rugby quiz and ball passing game on stage.

If you are interested in participating, please contact and we will keep you posted with further details.


Friendly match with French diplomats

SIRC will be hosting a friendly match on Saturday 5th October against a group of touring French diplomats. Details are being finalized now.

The intent is to have fun (Tourists are aged 40 – 50yrs) with non-competitive scrum.

If you are interested in playing please contact


Will Hill, Vice President of SIRC


Report on Brian’s farewell party

We held a farewell party to say thanks for all his contributions and to wish Brian, headmaster of the British School in Tokyo, all the best in his future endeavors. Its really sad to say goodbye.

Brian came every week to the club and helped in the coaching of the kids. SIRC’s growth and use of Showa Women’s University grounds was in no small part thanks to Brian.

Guests at the party were parents and also many others including the Chancellor of Showa Women’s University, Mariko Bando, board member of the Japan Rugby Football Union Yuko Inazawa, Communications Coordinator at Rugby World Cup Abby Hall, and Welsh Government representative to Japan, Robin Walker.

Many thanks to SIRC Vice President Will and his family who hosted this heartwarming event. One of the highlights of the night was everyone joining in a singalong, led by President of SIRC Koji on the guitar and Will’s daughters on the keyboard and ukulele.

Brian – Your contribution to the club (and smile) will not be forgotten. We are sure our paths will cross in the future and look forward to seeing you and catching up. Please take good care of yourself and do stay in touch!


Report on farewell to Hamilton Family and End of season touch rugby

Although training was called off due to rain, the SIRC families gathered to say farewell to the Hamilton family, one of the few original members of the club since 2017, who will depart for Amsterdam this evening.

SIRC members gathered at the Showa Women’s University cafeteria to say “Good luck” to Hamilton family members.

Dan Hamilton has been one of the strongest supporters of SIRC since its beginning back in 2017. Kelly also assited SIRC in many ways.

Rio from the Ninjas made a farewell speech in English. Eddie from the Samurais also made a farewell speech in both English and Japanese on behalf of all the players.

Children wrote their wishes and hung them on the Tanabata Tree. Rio wrote ” I wish I can be the captain of the All Blacks”!!

Sorato from the Junior Samurais explained to everyone about the Tanabata Star Festival in English!

The kids were keen to play despite the rain so we decided to play some touch rugby with mums and dads joining in as well. MVP medals, beautifully desigend and hand made by Emi, were presented to William, Pieter, Austin, Benzy, Ollie and Hugo after some very hard and competitive touch rugby in the rain.

Zachary Lucas, who left for HK earlier this season, and the Hamilton family will be friends of all SIRC members forever!


Because I’m his buddy! 

5 year old Hugo from the Super Ninjas looked after our 4 year old trial participant during training under slightly rainy conditions.

The 2 of them were holding hands through much of the training session and when asked,

” Why are you holding his hands all the time? Hugo responded proudly,

“Because I’m his buddy! ”
He responded with pride:)

Hugo, 5years old, had such a responsibility and a friendship!

At SIRC, we assign a buddy to each trial participant to give our members a sense of responsibility, encourage friendship and help our trial participants enjoy the game of rugby. We will be looking to ask all our members to help us with this buddy system… a big hand to Hugo for showing us how it should be done!

The letters “Buddy: Hugo” in the document looked very sparkling.


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