This year RWC is going to be held in France 🇫🇷.
It was in Japan in 2019. Already next RWC, how fast the time flies.
In Japan there was a huge boom in rugby in my parents era, but I think it’s been faded by the time I was small. I’ve never thought or had chance to watch rugby in my life.
I was more fond of soccer, baseball, and Sumo.
My parents love rugby and mom told me they went watching rugby matches even during very cold winter.
Things would have been different if they brought me to the field when I was small. What you are exposed to when you are small influences very long time.
So, rugby was always right there, and by the 2019’ RWC finally it’s become one of options when you look for some sports as entertainment. Some people who really wanted to make it one of mainstream sports have seriously started working on it.
The opportunity holding the event that attracts people from all over the world also attracted Japanese who know but didn’t have particular interest in it.
In 2021, a new rugby league was established, and searching and booking a game have become easier.
Yesterday we went to watch Canon Eagles vs NEC Green-rockets match.
It was cold outside, better had some blankets and hot drinks.
François “Faf” de Klerk from South Africa is in Canon this year.
We are so happy to see him play. Once he is in the field, the game changes immediately. It’s really obvious even I know only a little about rugby.
Somehow his passes go through and speed up the game. He is fast and his presence is eye catching.
We were freezing while players were sweating and steam rising above them.
Canon won the game, NEC put up a brave fight though. They’ll come back to the same field in Feb we’ll be there too. Can’t miss as this venue is probably the smallest capacity field for a professional rugby game, we can see the play from very close distance.
Hope to visit France for the rugby games. Months will pass and summer will be here soon.