Celebration – 150 Years of Rugby in Japan

eddie jones, rich freeman

The Yokohama Country & Athletic Club commemorated the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Yokohama Football Club recently with a weekend extravaganza. On the field, the oldest rugby club in Asia hosted a kids rugby event, a Golden Oldies game, a women's sevens tournament, a club game and the 57th Japan Sevens. Off the field, more than 200 people attended a black tie event, the highlight of which was a surprise appearance by former Japan and current England coach Eddie Jones. It … [Read more...]

YC&AC’s Role as the Birthplace of Rugby in Japan


(Located in Yokohama and with a history dating back to 1868, YC&AC is recognized as Japan’s oldest athletic club and the direct source of several modern sports in Japan including cricket and rugby. This article is the second part of a two-part series. Part one will be posted in the near future.) In the concluding part of a two-part series investigating the multi-sport YC&AC’s earliest roots, Mike Galbraith spotlights the establishment of Yokohama Foot Ball Club in 1866. Of the … [Read more...]

Tokyo Ex-pat Clubs Remember a Mate

2014 MacFadyen Cup at the YC&AC

Two of the ex-pat rugby sides in Tokyo, the Yokohama Country and Athletic Club -- the club that introduced rugby to Japan in the 1860s – and the Tokyo Crusaders, played one another for the MacFadyen Cup at the YC&AC’s ground in Yamate on Saturday. The game is played in honour of Gareth MacFadyen, who died in December 2000 as a result of burns inflicted during a Christmas party in Auckland. Ironically he was also celebrating the fact that his employers, Merrill Lynch, were sending him back … [Read more...]