Brumbies build rugby connections in Japan

Wed, Oct 25, 2023, 6:21 AM

Safeguard Global ACT Brumbies Head Coach Stephen Larkham and squad members Ben O'Donnell, Harry Vella, Pedro Rolando and Liam Bowron visited Tsurumaki Junior State High School on their recent two-match tour of Japan.

In the lead up to the club's final Japanese Tour fixture against the Black Rams Tokyo, the Brumbies were on hand to partake in a number of rugby union specific drills with over a hundred students at the Setagaya City based school.

Although the tour was focused on connection and development amongst the touring party, the organisation saw the importance on giving back to the local community and to further grow the sporting code overseas.

The rugby union clinic saw players from both clubs interact with students to help build and improve their hand eye coordination skills through numerous passing and kicking drills. Whilst some lucky students were lifted in practice lineouts in front of their teachers and peers.

Tsurumaki Junior State High School line-out.

Safeguard Global ACT Brumbies Head Coach Stephen Larkham, who was a former player with Black Rams Tokyo between 2008-2010, was excited to be back in familiar surroundings.

"It is a good initiative, getting out into schools is something we try to do a lot of in Australia."

Safeguard Global ACT Brumbies Head Coach Stephen Larkham, Liam Bowron Pedro Rolando and Harry Vella watch on.

"There was certainly a lot of excitement and it was a lot of fun for the kids. We were surprised with how skilful they were."

It capped off a memorable trip for Larkham and the Brumbies touring party, notching up consecutive victories against Tokyo Sungoliath (31-24) and Black Rams Tokyo (33-19).