Deaf Rugby team prepares for the first international match in Japan

October 11, 2011

The first international match against the Australia team will be held in Aichi Prefecture on November 5, and in Osaka Prefecture in November 12 as the top League opening performance game.

Prior to the event, the three-day training camp for the Japanese all-star team of Deaf rugby held in Tokyo ended on October 10.

The hearing Japanese team failed to win the World Cup, and the Deaf Japanese team challenges the victory at the international match.

Captain KURATSU Keita (23) vowed the victory with a smile on the final day of the training camp. "The Japan Team didn't win the World Cup, but we will certainly."

He had joined the National High School Rugby Championship in Hanazono, Osaka when he was a student at Tokai University Shoyo High School, and has studied abroad in New Zealand. His team is called the "Silent Typhoon."

The international match in Fiji has been arranged since two years ago before being called off. Instead the Australian team will visit Japan, which will be the first international Deaf rugby match in history in Japan. The Japanese team is united for victory.

Although the Silent Typhoon is not an official team which the Japanese Rugby Football Union recognizes, Keita says, "We will fight on behalf of Japan."

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