• Short Summary

    Japanese women -- long depicted in the West as delicate shy, giggling geisha types -- have fractured the myth by turning to a new -- distinctly mascu??? -- sport: rugby union.

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    Japanese women -- long depicted in the West as delicate shy, giggling geisha types -- have fractured the myth by turning to a new -- distinctly mascu??? -- sport: rugby union.

    SYNOPSIS: The idea started in Nagasaki a few months ago when a group of mothers decided to form their own team. The women had watched their sons playing the game at weekend-school and, with an unexpected burst of curiosity, wanted to try it themselves.

    The twenty-three women, aged from their twenties to their fifties, began training with the boys, practising under the expert eye of a coach.

    Rugby, born in England, is one of the world's fastest growing sports, and the Japanese have seized on it with are physically unsuited to such a contact game, but their doggedness and fierce application make up for their diminutive size. Five years ago, rugby was almost unknown in the country, but now schools, universities and business companies have their own teams, and a Japanese national team has toured Britain.

    One woman said it looked an easy game to play until she tried it herself. Another said the training was a useful way to keep fit and get her figure into shape.

    Another mother said playing rugby helped rid her of the stresses of everyday life, which in Japan is among the most bustling, competitive and high-pressured anywhere. Just how successful they have been at absorbing the mysteries of scrummages and body-tackling will be revealed later in the year when they hope to have their first match. But Mrs. Front Ro??? Forward is light years removed from Madame Butterfly.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5RIFPO6OTBF7LQQ0S1AEEX9Y4
    Media URN:
    VLVA5RIFPO6OTBF7LQQ0S1AEEX9Y4
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/04/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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