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For Mike Galbraith's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

1866 and all that: the untold early history of rugby in Japan

Mar 15, 2014

1866 and all that: the untold early history of rugby in Japan

The history of rugby in Japan is arguably longer than that of every major rugby-playing country in the world outside of the British Isles and Australia. Very sorry France, New Zealand and South Africa! Regarding early documented rugby history, Japan wins. Until the recent ...

Japanese who played rugby before 1899

Mar 15, 2014

Japanese who played rugby before 1899

The earliest reference to a Japanese person playing rugby appears in a magazine produced by University College School in London. “Bell, Lindfield, Webster and Kikuchi deserve mention for the School,” says an account that referred to a third XV match in October 1872 against ...