Reception celebrating the Rugby World Cup Japan in Parliament

  • Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale
  • Ambassador Tsuruoka
  • Kagami-Biraki
On 4 September 2019, the Embassy of Japan and British Japanese Parliamentary Group (BJPG) co-hosted a reception celebrating the Rugby World Cup Japan in Parliament. This event was part of an effort to draw public attention to the Rugby World Cup Japan before the tournament started on 20 September, and also the World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge which will run alongside the Rugby World Cup in Tokyo from 16 October.

Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale, Co-Chair of the Sport Sub-Group of the BJPG, opened the reception and stressed that the Rugby World Cup will play a significantly important role in deepening the UK-Japan sporting relationship.

In attendance were representatives from the rugby football unions of England (Mr Bill Sweeney, CEO), Wales (Mr Martyn Phillips, CEO), Scotland (Mr Dominic McKay, COO) and Ireland (Nicholas Comyn, President), as well as from Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby (Mr David Pond, CEO). The special guest was Mr Alastair Kellock, former captain of the Scottish national team.
The reception was also attended by Mr Yasuhisa Shiozaki, Co-Chairman of the UK-Japan 21st Century Group and Member of the House of Representatives of Japan, and His Excellency Paul Madden CMG, British Ambassador to Japan.

Ambassador Tsuruoka took the lead in performing Kagami-Biraki, a Japanese traditional ceremony to wish for a successful World Cup.

 

Embassy of Japan

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