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Activity Report in India(5/7-13)

I am getting used to the life in India and getting along with the players very well, therefore, my life is very satisfying.


In many ways, the Indian culture is different from the Japanese culture. For example, if I ask players in Japan to do a specific drill 5 times, completing the drill 5 times is important regardless of outcome. However, in India, if players are satisfied with an outcome before reaching 5 times, they will wrap up a practice, but if they are not happy with an outcome, they will say “one more time” until they are happy with the outcome. It is difficult to say which is better, but it is also at these moments that you realize their strength of their self-assertiveness.

I personally feel that there are a lot that Japanese rugby players can learn from the Indian culture to be better and compete at the highest level.

The squad for the Thailand tour has been chosen through two selection matches. Currently, we are making final adjustments for the game. We have our morning training at 6:30am and evening training at 5:30pm as India's daytime temperature exceeds 40 degrees or higher although it is around 30 degrees when we have training sessions. The key to strength training in India has been the need for new ideas and variations for training methods. In other words, improving skills for coaches.

There are a lot of tasks in order to win, but I'd like to bring the team in a simple fashion and have good matches against Thailand and Chinese Taipei.

Activity Report in India(4/30-5/6)

Life in India is a series of precious experiences and something unexpected happens every day. Therefore, how to get over the current situation happily is one of themes of my life in India.

I run a series of practices such as Defence, Breakdown, Off road, Handling and Unit practice which I pick and choose as needed. However, after being here for a while, we don’t only focus on individual skills, but we also focus on weaknesses and turn them around as their strengths

Seeing them every day makes our relationship closer, but I have also realized that by me trying to speak a little Hindu, I have been successful in making them feel relaxed during the practice. 

Off the field, there are only words of gratitude to the players. They are very welcoming and warm because they invite me to their home, take me to Taj Mahal and so on.

I did not know anything about rugby in India and the national team before coming, but they work very hard and are positive which reminds me of the grass root of rugby.

I would like to do my best to be a bridge between India Rugby and Japan Rugby.

Dispatching a coach to India national team

As part of the Asian Scrum Project, the Japan Rugby Football Union will dispatch a coach as follows based on the request from the Indian Rugby Football Union.

1. Dispatch country: India
2. Dispatch period: April 30th, 2018 to May 24th, 2018
3. Dispatched personnel: Toru Jinguji (Head coach of Yamanashi Gakuin University)
4. Responsibilities: 
Coach Indian national team
Rugby Indian national team band to Asian Rugby Championship Div-2 to be held in Thailand

Comment from Toru Jinguji: I will do my best to contribute to Indian rugby. In addition, I would like to be a bridge between Indian rugby and Japanese rugby.

JICA volunteers' world diary (Madagascar)

"JICA volunteers' world diary" is the blog that tells you how JICA volunteers are doing around the world. Yuki Nakano who is in Madagascar has some report on life in Madagascar and how rugby is and rugby activities that he has been working on. 

For more details, please click here. (The site has japanese language only)

The new vision of the Asian Scrum Project

At Japan Rugby Football Union, we are promoting the "Asian Scrum Project" which has spread rugby throughout Asia since 2011. 

With the RWC 2019 being held next year, the Japan Rugby Football Union International Cooperation Section has the new vision for the Asian Scrum Project "Engage, Asia!" which will spread rugby to the world from Asia.

【Vision】
Engage, Asia!
“Asia and Japan Rugby inspire the world through the Spirit of Rugby!”

【Goals】
1. Development of rugby in Asia
2. Deepening mutual understanding and symbiosis through rugby
3. Social return by human resources nurtured through participation experience

【Core Spirit】
The Asian Scrum Project is based on four core spirits listed in "Japan Rugby Strategic Plan 2016-2020".
1. One for All, All for One
2. Spirit of 'No Side'
3. Innovation and Hard Work
4. Diversity and Teamwork

【Sustainable development goals(SDGs)】
In the Asian Scrum Project, we are addressing the following three goals, among 17 goals of sustainable development goals (SDGs).

Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being for all at all ages is essential to sustainable development.

Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning
Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to improving people’s lives and sustainable development.

Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
While the world has achieved progress towards gender equality and women’s empowerment under the Millennium Development Goals (including equal access to primary education between girls and boys), women and girls continue to suffer discrimination and violence in every part of the world.

*The Sustainable Development Objectives (SDGs) are international targets from 2016 to 2030 as stated in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted at the United Nations Summit in September 2015.
https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/

RKU:JICA short-term volunteer rugby activities

JICA Indonesia short-term volunteer rugby dissemination activities by Ryutsu Keizai University.

From February 19th to March 17th, we visited Jakaruta, Bojonegoro Yogyakarta and Palembang in Indonesia to disseminate rugby for over 3,000 people.

 

Before leaving to Indonesia and in order for us to operate our missions smoothly, we divided our missions into 4 categories; "coaching", "medical strength & conditioning", "referee · analysis" and "dissemination". Moreover, we used “why”, “what” and “how” method to have clear visions of how to achieve our goals.

 

For the first few days after arriving in Jakarta, we met with the Vice Chairman of the Indonesian Rugby Union to understand the current state of Indonesian rugby and the goals for the rugby union.

 

Before leaving to Indonesia, we often had meetings about dissemination activities and thought we were ready. However, once we arrived to Indonesia, we tried to communicate with the local people but we had some difficulties communicating with them. On top that, there were more tasks than we anticipated to do.  We now have a better understanding of the difficulty of disseminating activities.  

 

There were many things that could not be conveyed in words, but we used body languages, gestures and a little bit of Indonesian language to communicate. Therefore, we were able to deliver the disseminated activities that we wanted to.

 

We were very pleased about the attitude that children from elementary to university had towards to rugby. Because of that, we enjoyed working and disseminating rugby with them.

 

The schools that we visited seemed to have some differences in the environments, but no matter what the environments were, everyone seemed to enjoy rugby.

 

We learned and gained a lot while we were in Indonesia and I would like to thank everyone who was involved in the project.

Activity Place:Indonesia(Jakaruta, Bojonegoro Yogyakarta and Palembang)
Dispatch Period:From February 19th to March 17th

Asian Scrum Project: Report from the JOCV

Yohei Kurume (In Kyrgyzstan since 2016)
Destination: Kyrgyz national sports academy
Coached students between the ages of 16 to 22, three times a week, at the Kyrgyz national sports academy as well as played in outside tournaments with neighboring countries (Uzbekistan / Kazakhstan).

Message from Yohei Kurume:
“Let’s try!” spirit is something that I found very valuable.

Make the best of going abroad for 2 years! Rugby will help you grow and I can say that I have changed myself over the last 2 years. For example, the way I think, how I get to close to people and how I feel happy about small things.

If you want to make changes in your life or if you want to get yourself involved in rugby, but do not know how and where to start, I highly recommend applying for this opportunity.

What people have to do to change themselves is to "change their environment."

Just try it before you think about it too much!


Yuri Ito (In Sri Lanka since 2016)
Destination: Central Province Rugby Union
Coached students between the ages of 10 to 20, six times a week, in and around Kandi city as well as spread girls’ rugby.

Message from Yuri:
I have realized two things that I had forgotten about by seeing kids practice every day. The first is why they play rugby and the second is that rugby is fun!

By sending coaches, we can be involved in the development of rugby across the border in Asia. This is a great opportunity for you to get involved!

Tadaaki Yamamoto (In Uzbekistan since 2017)
Destination: Uzbekistan Rugby Federation

Coached students between the ages of 10 to 20 at the local club. Some players who he coached represented the U – 18 National team. Teams that he coached changed every month and he has coached 6 teams in total.

Message from Tadaaki:
As a player, I was never chosen for any rep teams, but I applied for this position because I love rugby. In addition, I had never coached rugby until I went to Uzbekistan, however, I took coaching workshops, which got me ready and feeling confident about going to Uzbekistan.

Recently, I’ve realized that the same areas which have led to my personal growth have been the same areas that have led to the improvements of this country. Having kids love rugby more is motivating and I will continue to work hard with local coaches and we will work towards raising the level of both coaches and athletes.

JICA Recruitment Notice for Laos and India

JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) Recruitment Notice for Laos and India (Application Perido: From April 2nd to noon on May 1st)
JICA is looking for volunteers to go to India or Laos for rugby-related work.
The application period is from April 2nd to noon on May 1st.
Please refer to the JICA Volunteer Page for details about the application method. 
■JICA Volunteer Page

■Request Information 

■Application Page
【Overview】
1)Sri Lanka
Destination:Sri Lanka Rugby Union (Kandy)
Dispatch Period:After December, 2018 (for 2 years)
Responsibilities/Duties:
1. Planning and implementation of rugby lessons/events for beginners.
2. Help coaching local club teams and national team as well as coaching local and national level coaches.
3. Coach school children and coaches in other areas/regions. 

Qualification Requirements:3 years or more of playing experience. WR Coaching level 1 or higher (possible to acquire the coaching license after passing)

2)Sri Lanka
Destination:Sri Lanka Rugby Union (Avissawella)
Dispatch Period:After December, 2018 (for 2 years)
Responsibilities/Duties:
1. Planning and implementation of rugby lessons/events for beginners.
2. Help coaching local club teams and national team as well as coaching local and national level coaches.
3. Coach school children and coaches in other areas/regions. 

Qualification Requirements:3 years or more of playing experience. WR Coaching level 1 or higher (possible to acquire the coaching license after passing)

3)Laos
Destination:Lao Rugby Federation 
Dispatch Period:After December, 2018 (for 2 years)
Responsibilities/Duties:
Be part of the Lao Rugby Federation, which is located in Vientiane, the capital city of Laos, to disseminate rugby for children in schools and surrounding communities. In addition, you will work closely with leaders who disseminate rugby and help the national team in any possible capacity. 
Qualification Requirements:5 years or more of playing experience, WR Coaching Level 1 or higher (possible to acquire the coaching license after passing)

4)India
Destination: India Rugby Football Union (Activity Place: Gujarat Province Rugby Football Union)
Dispatch Period:After December, 2018 (for 2 years)
Responsibilities/Duties:
1.  Support for improving the competitiveness of athletes through improving training & workshops, and improving the leadership skills of local coaches. 
These duties will take place in the morning of Monday to Thursday or Saturday to Sunday between 5:30am to 7:30am and in the evening between 3:30pm to 5:30pm.
2. Travel outside the provinces for tournaments.
3. Operation support at various IRFU and GRFA events and conventions. 
4. Training camps’ support for the provincial and national teams.
Qualification Requirements: 3 years or more of playing experience. Coaching experience is an asset.

5)India
Destination:: India Rugby Football Union (Activity Place: Rajasthan Province Rugby Football Union)
Dispatch Period:After December, 2018 (for 2 years)
Responsibilities/Duties:
1. Support for improving the competitiveness of athletes through improving training & workshops, and improving the leadership skills of local coaches. 
These duties will take place in the morning of Monday to Saturday between 6:00am to 7:00am and in the evening between 4:00pm to 6:00pm
2. Travel outside the provinces for tournaments.
3. Operation support at various IRFU and GRFA events and conventions. 
4. Training camps’ support for the provincial and national team. 
Qualification Requirements: 3 years or more years of playing experience. Coaching experience is an asset.

Iwate Kamaishi Collaboration Rugby Program

A Rugby Exchange and Clinic was held in Galle in Sri Lanka as part of the "Impact Beyond 2019" and "Asian Scrum Project" for children from Sri Lankan and Indonesian through International Contribution Program; “Sport  for Tomorrow” with the collaboration of Kamaishi city; one of the 12 hosting cities (in Iwate prefecture). 
At the clinic, there were 100 children from three different schools and basic rugby skills were taught. Also, before and after the rugby clinic, seminars on disaster prevention were held and knowledge on evacuation from the tsunami was shared with a visit to the local city hall and disaster control centre. 
Besides, there was a visit to the beach to have a better understanding on current sports tourism. 

In Jakarta, Indonesia, basic-rugby-skill clinic was held for 90 players. 

In Puramuka Island, rugby exchange was held with 30 children and like Sri Lanka, before and after the rugby exchange, disaster prevention seminars were held.

In addition to the promotion of rugby, these new efforts at solving interregional issues such as "disaster prevention" and "sports tourism" by utilizing the rugby network were implemented in this trip. Seminars and site visits could not have happened without the support of rugby officials and the government officials as well as the JICA volunteer(Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers) that are dispatched in those countries. JRFU would like to continue developing the Asian Scrum Project while utilizing the power of rugby in various ways.

Date: February 6th to 11th, 2018
Place: Galle, Sri Lanka & Jakarta and Puramuka Island, Indonesia
In attendance, were coaches:
Masatoshi Mukoyama (Associate Professor at Ryutsukeizai University, ex-National Level player)

(Overview)
Sri Lanka
Date: February 6th and 7th, 2018 
Place: Galle, Sri Lanka
Schedule: 
February 6th: Rugby exchange and clinic, discussion with schoolteachers about disaster prevention
February 7th: Discussion about Sports tourism

Indonesia
Date: February 9th to 11th
Place: Jakarta and Puramuka Island
Schedule:
February 9th: Discussion about disaster prevention
February 10th: Rugby Exchange & Clinic (in Jakarta)
February 11th: Rugby Exchange & Clinic (in Puramuka Island) and discussion about Sports Tourism with National Park Staff

Rugby & Coaching Clinic in Thailand

A Rugby and Coaching clinic and tournament were held in Mukdahan Province in Thailand on Feb 2nd and 3rd as part of the "Impact Beyond 2019" and "Asian Scrum Project" for players and coaches from Thailand and Laos through International Contribution Program; “Sport for Tomorrow” 

There were 46 participants from Laos, about 100 participants from nearby areas and local Mukdahan province and learned about rugby and rugby coaching while deepening friendship.

During the clinic, Ms. Aoi Mimura who was one of the guest coaches gave a lecture about the spirit of “One for all, All for one” which she used “scrum” as an example of the spirit as everyone including your opponents have to bind together. 
Another guest coach, Ms. Saki Minami talked about the important of friendship that you make through rugby and rugby events as the spirit of “No Side”. 
 
With the support of the tourism bureau and police, local rugby and government officials were very much involved in this event.
The deputy governor of Mukdarhan Province, who came to greet the participants at the opening ceremony expressed his appreciation for not only Japan, but also for the related parties. The passion of the local and government officials and their willingness to spread rugby was the foundation and at the heart of this event
Japan Rugby Football Union will continue to work on spreading rugby across Asian countries. 
 
Date: February 2nd and 3rd, 2018
In attendance, were coaches:
Masatoshi Mukoyama (Assosiate Professor at Ryutsukeizai University, ex-National Level player)
Saki Minami (A student at Japan Sports Science University)
Aoi Mimura (Yokohama TKM Rugby Club, Yamanashi Gakuin University alumni)

(Overview)
Date: February 2nd and 3rd, 2018
Place: Mukdahan Province in Thailand
Schedule/Contents: 
February 2nd: Coaching Clinic, Rugby Clinic and Lectures on the Japanese Rugby Spirit
February 3rd: Rugby Clinic, Rugby Training and Touch Rugby tournament 

Coach dispatching to the Republic of Madagascar

With the support of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA, Chairman, Shinichi Kitaoka), and as part of the International Cooperation Project of our union, we will dispatch a rugby coach to the Republic of Madagascar as follows, said Japan Rugby Football Union (Chairman · Masao Okamura)

Expected activities:
1.Teach rugby skills and social discipline to youth at rugby centers and/or school. 
2.Suggest effective practice methods and create materials for rugby center/school coaches.
3.Participate in seminars for coaches organized by the union and propose effective physical and technical training methods.

At this time, a volunteer will dispatch as JICA Youth Overseas Cooperation Volunteers who is between 20 to 39 years of age and will be able to utilize his/her skills and experiences based on requests from developing countries.

JRFU and JICA signed a collaboration agreement in July 2013 as "JICA-JRFU Scrum Project". We will continue to dispatch rugby coaches as JICA volunteers to contribute to the development of healthy young people in developing countries and at the same time plan to develop human resources for stakeholders in our country.

Name: Yuki Nakano
Hometown: Osaka
Destination: Republic of Madagascar 
Assigned destination: Madagascar Rugby Union
Dispatch period: September 26, 2017 to September 25, 2019

Comment from Yuki Nakano:  I will try hard to spread rugby and try to spread the world through rugby.
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