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Japan's veteran maulers happy to die in their boots
The dozens of players running, passing, mauling, scrummaging and crashing into one another in Tokyo's Fuwaku club are unremarkable in all but one thing -- their age. Fuwaku, founded in 1948, is one of approximately 150 Japanese clubs that stage competitive, full-contact matches for players over the age of 40 and the oldest man on the park is sprightly 86-year-old lock Ryuichi Nagayama.
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Ryuichi Nagayama, 86, Fuwaku Rugby Club's oldest active player, practices before a match in Kumagaya,...
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Ryuichi Nagayama, 86, Fuwaku Rugby Club's oldest active player, practices before a match in Kumagaya, Saitama Prefecture, Japan, May 3, 2019. "You tackle and battle each other, but the gathering after the play is so enjoyable and fun," said Nagayama. "We talk about how each other plays and no one gets angry about how we played. The atmosphere is great... In short, there is nothing but rugby (for me)." REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "RUGBY VETERANS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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Ryuichi Nagayama (L), 86, Fuwaku Rugby Club's oldest active player, participates in his team training...
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Ryuichi Nagayama (L), 86, Fuwaku Rugby Club's oldest active player, participates in his team training in Tokyo, Japan, August 11, 2019. "You tackle and battle each other, but the gathering after the play is so enjoyable and fun," said Nagayama. "We talk about how each other plays and no one gets angry about how we played. The atmosphere is great... In short, there is nothing but rugby (for me)." REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "RUGBY VETERANS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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September 02, 2019
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The Wider Image: Japan's veteran maulers happy to die in their boots
Players of Fuwaku Rugby Club play against another club team during a match in Kumagaya, Saitama Prefecture, Japan, May 3, 2019. Fuwaku, founded in 1948, is one of approximately 150 Japanese clubs that stage competitive, full-contact matches for players over the age of 40. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "RUGBY VETERANS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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Ryuichi Nagayama (C), 86, Fuwaku Rugby Club's oldest active player, practices before a match in Kumagaya,...
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Ryuichi Nagayama (C), 86, Fuwaku Rugby Club's oldest active player, practices before a match in Kumagaya, Saitama Prefecture, Japan, May 3, 2019. "You tackle and battle each other, but the gathering after the play is so enjoyable and fun," said Nagayama. "We talk about how each other plays and no one gets angry about how we played. The atmosphere is great... In short, there is nothing but rugby (for me)." REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "RUGBY VETERANS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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A player of Fuwaku Rugby Club play tackles against another club team player during their match in Kumagaya, Saitama Prefecture, Japan, May 3, 2019. Fuwaku, founded in 1948, is one of approximately 150 Japanese clubs that stage competitive, full-contact matches for players over the age of 40. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "RUGBY VETERANS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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September 02, 2019
A Fuwaku Rugby Club player (L) plays against another club team player during a match in Kumagaya, Saitama...
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A Fuwaku Rugby Club player (L) plays against another club team player during a match in Kumagaya, Saitama Prefecture, Japan, May 3, 2019. Fuwaku, founded in 1948, is one of approximately 150 Japanese clubs that stage competitive, full-contact matches for players over the age of 40. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "RUGBY VETERANS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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The Wider Image: Japan's veteran maulers happy to die in their boots
Ryuichi Nagayama, 86, Fuwaku Rugby Club's oldest active player, participates in his team training in Tokyo, Japan, August 11, 2019. "You tackle and battle each other, but the gathering after the play is so enjoyable and fun," said Nagayama. "We talk about how each other plays and no one gets angry about how we played. The atmosphere is great... In short, there is nothing but rugby (for me)." REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "RUGBY VETERANS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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Ryuichi Nagayama (C), 86, Fuwaku Rugby Club's oldest active player, practices before a match in Kumagaya,...
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Ryuichi Nagayama (C), 86, Fuwaku Rugby Club's oldest active player, practices before a match in Kumagaya, Saitama Prefecture, Japan, May 3, 2019. "You tackle and battle each other, but the gathering after the play is so enjoyable and fun," said Nagayama. "We talk about how each other plays and no one gets angry about how we played. The atmosphere is great... In short, there is nothing but rugby (for me)." REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "RUGBY VETERANS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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Katsuhiko Maruyama (R), a Fuwaku Rugby Club player, participates in a friendly match in Fukaya, Saitama...
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Katsuhiko Maruyama (R), a Fuwaku Rugby Club player, participates in a friendly match in Fukaya, Saitama Prefecture, Japan, May 3, 2019. Fuwaku, founded in 1948, is one of approximately 150 Japanese clubs that stage competitive, full-contact matches for players over the age of 40. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "RUGBY VETERANS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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A uniform of Fuwaku Rugby Club lies on the ground during a friendly match in Fukaya, Saitama Prefecture, Japan, June 16, 2019. Fuwaku, founded in 1948, is one of approximately 150 Japanese clubs that stage competitive, full-contact matches for players over the age of 40. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "RUGBY VETERANS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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A Fuwaku Rugby Club player wears traditional wooden sandals after playing a match in Kumagaya, Saitama Prefecture, Japan, May 3, 2019. Fuwaku, founded in 1948, is one of approximately 150 Japanese clubs that stage competitive, full-contact matches for players over the age of 40. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "RUGBY VETERANS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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September 02, 2019
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Players of Fuwaku Rugby Club change their clothes at a friendly match in Fukaya, Saitama Prefecture, Japan, June 16, 2019. Fuwaku, founded in 1948, is one of approximately 150 Japanese clubs that stage competitive, full-contact matches for players over the age of 40. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "RUGBY VETERANS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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Fuwaku Rugby Club players prepare to play their friendly match in Fukaya, Saitama Prefecture, Japan,...
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The Wider Image: Japan's veteran maulers happy to die in their boots
Fuwaku Rugby Club players prepare to play their friendly match in Fukaya, Saitama Prefecture, Japan, June 16, 2019. Fuwaku, founded in 1948, is one of approximately 150 Japanese clubs that stage competitive, full-contact matches for players over the age of 40. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "RUGBY VETERANS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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September 02, 2019
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The Wider Image: Japan's veteran maulers happy to die in their boots
Ryuichi Nagayama, 86, Fuwaku Rugby Club's oldest active player, changes his clothes as he prepares for his training in Tokyo, Japan, August 11, 2019. "You tackle and battle each other, but the gathering after the play is so enjoyable and fun," said Nagayama. "We talk about how each other plays and no one gets angry about how we played. The atmosphere is great... In short, there is nothing but rugby (for me)." REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "RUGBY VETERANS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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The Wider Image: Japan's veteran maulers happy to die in their boots
Fuwaku Rugby Club players stretch before their friendly match in Fukaya, Saitama Prefecture, Japan, June 16, 2019. Fuwaku, founded in 1948, is one of approximately 150 Japanese clubs that stage competitive, full-contact matches for players over the age of 40. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "RUGBY VETERANS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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Fuwaku Rugby Club players have a drink at a restaurant after playing their match in Kumagaya, Saitama Prefecture, Japan, May 3, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "RUGBY VETERANS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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September 02, 2019
Ryuichi Nagayama, 86, Fuwaku Rugby Club's oldest active player, examines a patient at his hospital in...
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Ryuichi Nagayama, 86, Fuwaku Rugby Club's oldest active player, examines a patient at his hospital in Tokyo, Japan, May 18, 2019. As a doctor, Nagayama is well aware of the risks involved in playing a high impact sport at his age and the club's website gives detailed advice on health precautions and even links to a life insurance company. "Since I joined Fuwaku Club, I have broken ribs many times and broke my collarbone too," Nagayama said. "I can't stand not playing. That's it... This may sound strange, but I have lost my wife years ago and now I would say I don't mind dying playing rugby." REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "RUGBY VETERANS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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Ryuichi Nagayama, 86, Fuwaku Rugby Club's oldest active player, prays in front of an altar for his deceased wife at his house in Tokyo, Japan, May 18, 2019. As a doctor, Nagayama is well aware of the risks involved in playing a high impact sport at his age and the club's website gives detailed advice on health precautions and even links to a life insurance company. "Since I joined Fuwaku Club, I have broken ribs many times and broke my collarbone too," Nagayama said. "I can't stand not playing. That's it... This may sound strange, but I have lost my wife years ago and now I would say I don't mind dying playing rugby." REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "RUGBY VETERANS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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Ryuichi Nagayama, 86, Fuwaku Rugby Club's oldest active player, waters his garden at his house in Tokyo, Japan, May 18, 2019. As a doctor, Nagayama is well aware of the risks involved in playing a high impact sport at his age and the club's website gives detailed advice on health precautions and even links to a life insurance company. "Since I joined Fuwaku Club, I have broken ribs many times and broke my collarbone too," Nagayama said. "I can't stand not playing. That's it... This may sound strange, but I have lost my wife years ago and now I would say I don't mind dying playing rugby." REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "RUGBY VETERANS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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Ryuichi Nagayama, 86, Fuwaku Rugby Club's oldest active player, eats his breakfast prepared by his daughter at his house in Tokyo, Japan, May 18, 2019. As a doctor, Nagayama is well aware of the risks involved in playing a high impact sport at his age and the club's website gives detailed advice on health precautions and even links to a life insurance company. "Since I joined Fuwaku Club, I have broken ribs many times and broke my collarbone too," Nagayama said. "I can't stand not playing. That's it... This may sound strange, but I have lost my wife years ago and now I would say I don't mind dying playing rugby." REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "RUGBY VETERANS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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Ryuichi Nagayama, 86, Fuwaku Rugby Club's oldest active player, makes green tea after having a breakfast at his house in Tokyo, Japan, May 18, 2019. As a doctor, Nagayama is well aware of the risks involved in playing a high impact sport at his age and the club's website gives detailed advice on health precautions and even links to a life insurance company. "Since I joined Fuwaku Club, I have broken ribs many times and broke my collarbone too," Nagayama said. "I can't stand not playing. That's it... This may sound strange, but I have lost my wife years ago and now I would say I don't mind dying playing rugby." REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "RUGBY VETERANS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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Ryuichi Nagayama, 86, Fuwaku Rugby Club's oldest active player, stretches as he watches a televised exercising program, at his house in Tokyo, Japan, May 18, 2019. As a doctor, Nagayama is well aware of the risks involved in playing a high impact sport at his age and the club's website gives detailed advice on health precautions and even links to a life insurance company. "Since I joined Fuwaku Club, I have broken ribs many times and broke my collarbone too," Nagayama said. "I can't stand not playing. That's it... This may sound strange, but I have lost my wife years ago and now I would say I don't mind dying playing rugby." REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "RUGBY VETERANS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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Ryuichi Nagayama, 86, Fuwaku Rugby Club's oldest active player, exercises at his house in Tokyo, Japan, May 18, 2019. As a doctor, Nagayama is well aware of the risks involved in playing a high impact sport at his age and the club's website gives detailed advice on health precautions and even links to a life insurance company. "Since I joined Fuwaku Club, I have broken ribs many times and broke my collarbone too," Nagayama said. "I can't stand not playing. That's it... This may sound strange, but I have lost my wife years ago and now I would say I don't mind dying playing rugby." REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "RUGBY VETERANS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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Katsuhiko Maruyama , a Fuwaku Rugby Club player, wipes sweat after working out at a gym in Tokyo, Japan,...
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