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The Volunteer Work of Canada's National Rugby Team

Take a look at the video titled "Rugby Game Cancelled - Canadian National Team Volunteers in Kamaishi" (ラグビー試合中止 カナダ代表が釜石でボランティア).

In October 2019, Japan was devastated by Typhoon Hagibis.
The players of the Canadian national team, who had their match in the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan cancelled due to the typhoon, took to the devastated area, and volunteered to aid in the recovery.
News of this spread like wildfire throughout Japan, moving its citizens.

The Rugby World Cup

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The 2019 Rugby World Cup, hosted by Japan, grabbed the attention of the entire world, and is still fresh in the mind of many people.

In addition to the Canadian team shown in the video, South Africa, France, England, New Zealand, Australia, the United States, and Wales participated in the tournament, with a number of exciting matches.
Thanks to the Rugby World Cup, visitors from all over the world have come to Japan.

The 2019 Rugby World Cup - The Center Attention in Japan

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The 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan is the 9th Rugby World Cup. It took place between September 20th and November 2nd, 2019.
Japan advanced to a record 8th place finish against global competition, much to the delight of many fans who watched the event.
Many people jumped onto the bandwagon as Japan progressed through the tournament, placing Japan in a whirlwind of enthusiasm.
Eventually, the Republic of South Africa smashed England in the final and was crowned as the champion.

A large number of rugby fans also turned out for the commemorative parade held after the tournament, which was a huge success.
The term 'ONE TEAM', born out of the Rugby World Cup, won the 2019 Buzzword Award (新語・流行語大賞, Shingo・Ryukogo Taisho).
On top of that, 'Jackal' and 'The Man Who Never Smiles' also attracted a lot of attention, and sales of rugby tickets and merchandise were up significantly, as Japan experienced a rugby boom.

The Volunteer Activity by the Canadian National Team

Image of Canada's national team volunteering in Kamaishi
画像引用 :YouTube screenshot

Kamaishi City, Iwate Prefecture (岩手県, Iwateken), in Japan's Tohoku Region, damaged severely by the typhoon, was also dilapidated in the 2011 Tohoku Triple Disaster.
Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium, built to symbolize recovery and encourage the victims, was one of the stadiums used to host the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

The Canadian national team was scheduled to play against the Namibian national team at Kamaishi Unosumai Memorial Stadium on October 13, 2019, but the game was cancelled due to Typhoon Hagibis. The Canadian nationals, who had their game cancelled, visited the residential area hit by the typhoon and volunteered by removing dirt and debris from affected areas.

The Canadian players, with huge bodies, as shown in the video at 0:32, removed dirt from the affected areas together with the locals with a shovel scoop and a brush.
The deeds of the players that volunteered despite the ongoing Rugby World Cup, became a beacon of hope for many victims affected by the disaster.

Summary of the Volunteer Activities by the Canadian National Team

This video/article introduced the Canadian national team's efforts to aid in the disaster caused by Typhoon Higibis.
The admirable decision of the Canadian national team to volunteer in the disaster-stricken area moved the people of Japan.

The heated and exciting matches, as well as the passion of the players, left us with one of the most memorable Rugby World Cups in history.

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Last Updated : Sep. 15, 2020
坂崎 なお(Nao Sakazaki)
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