CAPE TOWN – While they maybe can’t say “move over soccer and baseball” just yet, rugby has gained massive popularity in Japan, according to Japan’s consul-general Yasushi Naito.
At the Cape Times Breakfast yesterday, Naito, speaking about the build-up to the Rugby World Cup in Japan later this year, told how the sport had grown in that country.
And, of course, he didn’t fail to mention “that” upset victory by Japan at the 2015 edition in England.
With only 50 days to go until the spectacle, which kicks off on September 20 when the hosts open proceedings against Russia, the gathering held by the Cape Times addressed all matters concerning the World Cup.
The discussions were led by award-winning sports writer and Independent Media head of sport, Mark Keohane.