In Japan, which is internet hosting the Rugby World Cup this month, 150 golf equipment stage aggressive matches for gamers above the age of 40 – and Tokyo’s Fuwaku Rugby Membership has three over-90s.

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Of Japan’s 120,000 rugby gamers, about 10,000 are over the age of 40.

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Ryuichi Nagayama (beneath left), 86, says: “You deal with and battle one another however the gathering after the play is so gratifying and enjoyable.

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“We speak about how one another performs and no-one will get indignant about how we performed. The environment is nice.”

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As a practising physician, Mr Nagayama may be very conscious of the dangers concerned in enjoying a high-impact sport at his age.

The Fuwaku Rugby Membership’s web site provides detailed recommendation on well being precautions and consists of hyperlinks to a life-insurance firm.

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“Since I joined Fuwaku membership, I’ve damaged ribs many occasions and broke my collarbone too,” Mr Nagayama says.

“Once I seen an irregular pulse, I’d take medication to regulate so I can nonetheless do it. I am unable to stand not enjoying.

“This will sound unusual however I’ve misplaced my spouse years in the past and now I’d say I do not thoughts dying enjoying rugby.”

Mr Nagayama might be seen in his house beneath, praying at an altar for his late spouse.

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One other Fuwaku participant, Tony Hartley, 71, is initially from the UK.

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“I used to be on the Tokyo Sevens and I obtained chatting to a man subsequent to me as a result of he had a shirt on that stated: ‘Fuwaku Rugby Membership since 1948’, which is once I was born, so I used to be curious,” he says.

“He stated he may introduce me to the membership, which he did the next week and I’ve been enjoying kind of ever since. That was seven years in the past.

“I used to be actually stunned as a result of the scene does not actually exist within the UK, actually not at 60 [or] 70. It was a very welcome shock and a great way of creating pals.”

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