Niseko has recently been chosen as one of the Japanese Rugby team’s training locations. In June, the Japan National team, often known as the Cherry Blossoms and more recently Brave Blossoms, will be using Hirafu as a training ground, ahead of the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. They are hoping to enter the top 9 rankings in the world this year.
This is a big step for rugby in Niseko. Ross Carty, who has been instrumental in getting the Cherry Blossoms to Niseko, only started the Niseko Rugby Club last year. There are now 10 junior players at the club from Kutchan, Rankoshi, Iwanai, Kyogoku and Niseko Town. With high-profile players in the area this summer, the club’s and the sport’s awareness in the area is sure to increase.
There is also a rugby tournament scheduled to run from September 29 to October 2. These dates will give Rugby teams from within Japan and from abroad (Hong Kong, Australia, Taiwan, Singapore, Korea, China, and elsewhere within the Asian region), an opportunity to participate in the Tournament.
There are several categories for the competition (mini rugby, juniors and seniors) as well as many great reasons to enter a team in the competition. For more information on this event and rugby in Niseko email firstname.lastname@example.org.