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Kamaishi, Iwate Rugby

The Significance of the Rugby World Cup™ in Kamaishi

The only venue in the Great East Japan Earthquake disaster affected area

Kamaishi, Iwate is known as "the city of nature and fish," "the iron city, origin of modern ironworking," and "the rugby town."
The population, which sat at 100,000 in the 1960s, has decreased due to changes in industrial structure, etc. As the population continues to decline due to the effects of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami disaster, the Rugby World Cup 2019™, held in Kamaishi, Iwate, passes along a number of legacies to the children of the next generation, and plays a major role in progressing towards the region's further development.

◎Significance of holding the Rugby World Cup 2019™ in Kamaishi, Iwate

1. To express thanks for the support received from throughout the world and show the progress of reconstruction efforts
2. To develop the region through the power of sports

Kamaishi Hikifune Matsuri
(Tugboat Festival)

Kamaishi Daikannon Statue
and Kamaishi Bay

Towards the decision to host in Kamaishi, Iwate

Realizing the hopes of the "rugby town" citizen volunteers

2009 Jul. The International Rugby Board council decides that the Rugby World Cup 2019™ is to be hosted by Japan
2011 Mar. The Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami disaster occurs
Dec. Kamaishi citizen volunteers hold a Kamaishi Rugby World Cup 2019™ Conference Awareness of the Rugby World Cup 2019™ is added to the Kamaishi Basic Reconstruction & Development Plan
2012 Jul. The Iwate Prefectural Council's "Reconstruction Scrum Councilors League" is established The Rugby World Cup Promotion Office is established as part of the Kamaishi Board of Education Sports Promotion Section
Sept. Hosting of the Kamaishi World Cup 2019™ in Kamaishi is requested of (then) Minister for Reconstruction Hirano, by the Prefectural Council's Reconstruction Scrum Councilors League, Scrum Kamaishi, the City of Kamaishi, and others
2013 Oct. The Japan Rugby Football Union chairman, Yoshiro Mori, visits Kamaishi and watches the Kamaishi Seawaves RFC local match
2014 May Citizen volunteers establish the Rugby World Cup 2019™ Kamaishi Promotion Council
Jun. The Rugby World Cup 2019™ Kamaishi Promotion Council sends a request to the mayor of Kamaishi for host city candidacy
Jul. Kamaishi is announced as a host city candidate
Oct. Iwate announces its bid to run together with Kamaishi for host candidacy Iwate and Kamaishi submit a Rugby World Cup 2019™ host city application together to the organizing committee
2015 Mar. Kamaishi, Iwate is selected as one of 12 domestic host cities

Kamaishi and Rugby

The town where the history of the "Iron Men of the North" remains

Known as the "Iron Men of the North," the Nippon Steel Corporation Kamaishi Rugby Club left a great impact on the history of Japanese rugby, and cast a shine over Japan a total of 8 times, including 7 consecutive victories between 1979 and 1985.
At the time, no FW university graduates were around, and most of them, including BK, were unnamed high school players. Along with the distinct perseverance of the people of Tohoku, there was warm support among those in the region, and society at large, in the shadow of such a great undertaking.
Inheriting the pride of those "Iron Men of the North," a new team under the name Kamaishi Seawaves RFC, was founded on April 25th, 2001. The Kamaishi Seawaves RFC aims for the creation of community-based clubs that contribute to the spread and promotion of sports throughout Iwate, Kamaishi, and Tohoku.
Continuing since the era of the Nippon Steel Corporation Kamaishi Rugby Club, Kamaishi's tradition of cheering with fishermen's banners (originally used to indicate a large haul) is still alive today.
Thanks to the history left behind by the "Iron Men of the North," rugby is firmly rooted as a source of pride in the lives of the people of Kamaishi.

The Countdown

The Countdown will feature various daily appearances as we head towards the September 20, 2019 opening day.

【Countdown Recruitment】

We're currently recruiting people to participate in The Countdown. Are you up for the experience of a lifetime?
(Whether an individual, or a group, anyone can participate)

◎ Participant Preferences

Conditions: Take a photo indicating "____ Days to Go" and email it to us. ※What you write, and what pose you strike is up to you. Printing or writing in the style prepared by the office, or just using whatever you have on hand—either way is fine.
※Please contact the office in advance. You will be informed of how many days are left to go, and of things to be aware of.

◎Contact (Office)

For those who wish to participate, please contact the Iwate Rugby World Cup 2019 Promotion Office (Kamaishi) via email (
TEL: 0193-22-7522

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Scrum Iwate Fifteen

As a rugby team of city/town/village mascots from municipalities throughout Iwate, formed in August of 2018, the Scrum Iwate Fifteen are here to drum up fun and excitement among kids and adults throughout the prefecture towards the Kamaishi Rugby World Cup 2019™.
They'll being showing up at various events, so show them some love!

Aug 2, 2018 Formation Ceremony

Governor Tasso and Yuumi Shida (of idol group Yumemiru Adolescence, native of Ichinoseki, Iwate) were welcomed as guests; with over 200 spectators watching as the grand-scale formation ceremony took place.

Oct 20, 2018 Debut Match

A 7-person rugby match was held with the Saitama Yurutama Fifteen in accordance with the grand opening event of the Saitama Kumagaya Rugby Ground. As their first match before a large crowd, everyone was nervous, but along with Dai Chan (of Hirono) attempting a 40m solo run, the match made for a spectacle that no one would imagine could be their first time, resulting in the wonderful result of a 5 to 5 draw against the experienced Saitama veterans. The team continues to practice as they aim for their first true victory, so lend them your support!

◎Uniform Production

The team's uniforms were all made by volunteers throughout Iwate! Later on, we'll be using this site to introduce all those who took part in the production process! (Scheduled for release around late March 2019)

Kamaishi Seawaves RFC

Kamaishi Seawaves RFC Official Site

Kamaishi, Iwate Rugby Videos

Advance forward, in the spirit of rugby! Kamaishi, Iwate, Japan Uno-Smile CM Team

Kamaishi, the Fantastic Town of Rugby

Hoist the Fishermen's Banner! A RWC 2019 Kamaishi Iwate PR Video

Kamaishi Unosumai Memorial Stadium Kickoff Declaration

The Rules of Rugby (For Beginners) feat. Kishiboy

The Rules of Rugby (Vol. 1, Positions) feat. Kishiboy

The Rules of Rugby (Vol. 2, The Outs) feat. Kishiboy

The Rules of Rugby (Vol. 3, Close Formations) feat. Kishiboy

The Rules of Rugby (Vol. 4, Touch) feat. Kishiboy

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