05 October 2019
For the first time, the Rugby World Cup comes to Asia. This year it is being held in Japan. The pool stage matches are currently being played across the country in 12 host cities, from Sapporo to Oita.
Team Japan, known as the Brave Blossoms has already won two matches and fans are hoping for further wins to follow.
It is said that Japan’s recent successes are due to the new ethos introduced by coach, Jamie Joseph, which includes: -
• Encourage players to take and manage risks
• Practice how to handle unexpected situations
• Create a team with proactive and responsible players
On this level, there are similarities between rugby and business. The need for collaboration on and off the pitch, seizing opportunities (you play what is in front of you) but you also need a broader game plan. You need a range of skills in a successful business just like front rows and backs have different skills, and diversity makes for a better overall game.
OBM MD, Masako Eguchi and business partners Mr Hirokuni Miyamatsu and Mr Satoshi Chikakane are in Kobe, the region which is hosting teams from Canada, Scotland, Ireland, England, USA, Samoa and South Africa. We discuss the history of Rugby in Japan, the Rugby ethos, and the connection between rugby and business. The interview will be shown at the business breakfast “Business Growth During Change” held at RAMS RFC on Wednesday the 9th October.
(Masako plays for The Sirens, women’s rugby team at RAMS RFC.)
For more information and to register for the event, please click here.