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When the Japanese made a big song and dance of announcing the venues for this World Cup two years ago, the former Wallaby wing and Shane Williams were the two rugby superstars chosen to host the announcement.
He also played for the World XV against the Springboks. But it was his year at Oxford University as a year-old which was to bring him to Japan and change his life forever. Through that Oxford tour I met the president of Kobe Steel, who asked me what my salary was.
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My room was on the seventh floor — but there were only stairs. There was one squat toilet for every 25 rooms, and there was no hot water except at night.
It was truly surreal. His father would send him copies of The Sydney Morning Herald by sea mail each week, but they took so long to arrive he once found Australia had won the Ashes six weeks after it happened.
Japan may have been international minnows, but their domestic rugby was funded on a scale Williams had never encountered.
The players resorted to tricks like asking restaurant proprietors if they could use the phone — and then calling the other side of the world when the proprietor thought they were ringing a local number. Prop forward Charlie Faulkner — a not-so-bright member of the legendary Pontypool front row — opted for a different tactic at the reception that followed the first Test match in Brisbane.
It was a really interesting experience to see what professional rugby was like six or seven years before it became professional. Japanese players were so fit.
So it was corporatism rather than amateurism or professionalism.
The national side toured only once every two or three years and there were few inbound tours; instead, club and university rugby attracted all the attention. In , Kobe Steel played the university champions in front of 65, spectators, more than three times as many as had watched Williams and the Wallabies take on the All Blacks the previous year.
When he was not selected for the World Cup and realised that personal differences with Aussie coach Bob Dwyer meant that he was out in the cold, he committed himself to staying in Japan. In , he qualified on residency after three years in the country and was approached to play for the Brave Blossoms.
He is fluent in business Japanese and spends one week in every three months in the country. He says that some things in Japanese rugby remain the same, notably the obsession with the concepts of wa team harmony and gaman the ability to endure.
Would he have done anything differently. It was a fork in the road, and I took the road less travelled, but thank goodness I did.