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Rugby icon Ayumu Goromaru is deeply concerned with the status quo surrounding his sport since the Japan’s national team’s sensational World Cup campaign in 2015.

“Frankly speaking, as a player I feel very irritated,” said Goromaru, a fullback for the Top League’s Yamaha Jubilo, in an exclusive interview with The Japan Times at the team’s clubhouse last week. “It excited people a lot and brought them to the stadiums (after the World Cup), but it did not continue.

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