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The Japan Rugby Football Union (JRFU) have asked fans to help name their new
Super Rugby team that will join the tournament in 2016, alongside the Kings
from South Africa and a soon-to-be-announced outfit from Argentina.

The JRFU is committed to developing a broad and passionate support base and
has taken the process public to give fans a say in the establishment of the
team’s identity

Director of Rugby, Eddie Jones, said “Japan is ready to take part in Super
Rugby; the world’s foremost provincial rugby competition featuring the best
players on earth.

“We call upon the fans to become the 24th player and help Japan build
a team to challenge the best. Our team needs to be uniquely Japanese. We need
to be fast, courageous but also smart and play rugby that the world has not
seen before.

“Joining Super Rugby gives Japanese players the opportunity to play high
level rugby consistently so that the players will go to Rugby World Cup 2019
with more than 40 Test caps and 50-60 Super Rugby caps.”

The team will be based at Tokyo’s Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Stadium with
three home games per season to be played at the Singapore Sports Hub.

Contest Guideline: We seek a team name that is easy to pronounce,
powerful and befits the new Japan Super Rugby team
Period: 29 May – 19 June 2015
Application Procedure: Click
here to lodge your application
– apply as many times as you wish
Selection: The Super Rugby Japan Committee will select the
final name
Announcement: The scheduled date is the end of July 2015

Concept of the new team name:

1) A name that describes a brave Japanese side challenging the world’s
top teams with passion and pride
2) A name that is internationally recognised and enables us to attract international
rugby fans
3) A name that represents the imagery of Japanese culture, tradition and history

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