Brave Blossoms star calls for Japanese inclusion in major international tournament

May 11, 2022

Brave Blossoms star Michael Leitch has called for the inclusion of Japan in a regular competition against tier one nations.

Speaking to worldwide media on a Japan Rugby League One conference call earlier this week, Leitch said regular fixtures against rugby’s elite teams is crucial both for the development of the game in Japan, and for the national team.

“In terms of national side, the more games we play against top tier one sides, the better we are going to get, so if we can get consistent games against the top sides in the world, it’ll be great for Japanese rugby,” he said.

“If we were to join a league where we get to play teams week-in, week-out that are very competitive, then that’s going to be great for Japanese rugby going forward.”


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