Super Rugby is about to kick-off for the 2017season. Super rugby is the pre-eminent international rugby competition historically consisting of regional teams from New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa, with the recent inclusion of an Argentine team (Jaguares) and a Japanese team (Sunwolves). Among rugby competitions world-wide, the Super Rugby brand is known for its high pace, high skill, and high impact, making it a great spectacle for both aficionados and novices alike.
Round One sees a game here in Tokyo on Saturday, February 25 between the Sunwolves, in their sophomore season, and the 2016 champions the Hurricanes. The Hurricanes, from Wellington, New Zealand, are known for their high-intensity attacking running style of rugby, making them an exciting team to watch. The Sunwolves, too, play an attacking style of rugby, which should result in a high-scoring game. Interestingly, the current coach of the Sunwolves Filo Tiatia happens to be a 6-year Hurricanes veteran, which will add further interest to what is already sure to be an exciting encounter.
The game will be played at Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, a central-Tokyo purpose-built rugby ground that ensures every spectator is close to the action. I’ve been there many times to watch rugby and it is always a fantastic day out surrounded by enthusiastic local fans and even-more-enthusiastic rugby fans from abroad. In a 15-game season, only four Sunwolves games will be held in Japan, so it is worth attending the season-opener because this year, the Sunwolves will be away traveling for the majority of the season.
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