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1959 ブリティッシュコロンビア州日本遠征 土屋、北岡が国際舞台へ

British Columbia Tour to Japan 1959
http://rugby-international.blogspot.jp/2012/07/rugby-in-japan-newsletter-volume-9-no26.html
In February and March 1959 the British Columbia Bears toured Japan playing eight games on tour winning five, drawing two and losing one.

Game 1: British Columbia 17 d All-Meiji University 3, 26 February 1959, Chichibu, Tokyo.
Game 2: British Columbia 14 d All-Waseda University 5, 1 March 1959, Chichibu, Tokyo.
Game 3: British Columbia 40 d All-Keio University 9, 4 March 1959, Chichibu, Tokyo.
Game 4: Yawata Steel 3 drew with British Columbia 3, 7 March 1959, Kitakyushu.
Game 5: Kintetsu 16 d British Columbia 9, 11 March 1959, Nishinomiya.
Game 6: First Test.
Game 7: British Columbia 16 d Kanto 3, 18 March 1959, Chichibu, Tokyo.
Game 8: Second Test.

Japan 17 – British Columbia 21. Sunday, 15 March 1959, Hanazono, Osaka. (Test No.18, Japan Game No.29)
Japan 11 – British Columbia 11. Sunday, 22 March 1959, Chichibu, Tokyo. (Test No.19, Japan Game No.30)


Tomoo Chiba was head coach of Japan for the British Columbia tour to Japan in March 1959. Chiba became the fifth coach of Japan and he only coached these two tests in his short stint in charge of the national side. As one of ‘The Originals”, Chiba played his one and only test as lock in the inaugural test Japan played on the tour of Canada in 1930. Twenty-nine years later at the age of 54, Chiba became the first person to represent Japan as a player and also coach Japan at the international level when he was head coach for two tests against British Columbia on their tour of Japan in March 1959. The test he played was against British Columbia which was a draw and the two tests he coached Japan were also against British Columbia for one loss and another draw. Interestingly, he is Japan player number five and he is Japan coach number 5. Chiba passed away in April 1974 at the age of 68.

In the first test played in Osaka on Sunday, 15 March 1959, BC beat Japan 21-17 in what was Test number 18 for Japan. Outside centre Tatsuya Aoi was captain, becoming the fifteenth captain of Japan in eighteen tests. The 26 year old Aoi played with the Yokogawa Electric Corporation club at the time and this was his third test. He would go on to play a total of six tests, four of them as captain with his final test again against BC in Vancouver in April 1963. In that final test, he was not only the captain but he was also the coach of Japan, the only player in the history of Japanese test match rugby to captain/coach Japan.

Under Chiba as coach and Aoi as captain, Japan had six players making their international debuts while flanker Toshiaki Tsuchiya was the most experienced player with ten caps to his name. All the new players in the team were university students with four of them coming from Waseda University in hooker Eiichi Shiga, lock Seiji Tanaka, No8 Hideki Tominaga and fullback Susumu Kitaoka while the other lock, Kenji Otsuka was from Doshisha University and flanker Kinichi Miyajima was from Keio University. Shiga passed away on 14 April 2012 in Inzai city, Chiba prefecture aged 74. The Canadians scored five tries to three and after leading 10-6 at the break went on with the match in the second half to win 21-17.

In the second test played at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground in Tokyo on Sunday, 22 March 1959 in front of 20,000 people, the two sides played out an 11-all draw in what was Test number 19 for Japan. Japan lead 8-3 at the break but the Bears won the second half by the same margin with the visitors having their second draw on tour. One interesting note about this test was that BC No8 Denis Beich played with only one arm.

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