Event summary: An Evening with Joe Schmidt and Irish Rugby
By Emma Kodaka and Paola Dominguez, ANZCCJ Secretariat
As the Ireland Mens national rugby team prepared to face Japan in two tests (Tokyo and Shizuoka), members from Australia and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan ( ANZCCJ), British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ) and Ireland Japan Chamber of Commerce (IJCC) heard from one of the leading coaches in world rugby, Joe Schmidt, and Paul Dean, a player from the touring squad. The Irish Ambassador to Japan, Anne Barrington, was among the guests at this exclusive event organised by the IJCC.
The Irish squad and management held their first full training session in Tokyo, before departing by to Hamamatsu, ahead of Saturday’s opener at the Ecopa Stadium.
Schmidt and Dean shared with the audience that “Japan are capable of beating the best teams in the world, so it will be a big step up, and we’ll have to improve on last week.”
Even though training has been intensive and players have been under pressure, Coach Schmidt revealed that the team is getting used to the culture and will have their first ‘real taste’ of Japan, on a day off, with two groups going to see sumo wrestlers in training.
Following the interactive discussion, guests were invited for an exciting networking opportunity, as well as a buffet and free flowing drinks.
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