Fans to name Japanese Super team

Date published: June 1 2015

The Japan Rugby Football Union has launched a fan engagement initiative as part of the process to devise a name for its new team that will join Super Rugby in 2016.

The Japanese team will be added to the tournament next year alongside the Kings from South Africa and a soon-to-be-announced outfit from Argentina.

The JRFU is committed to developing a broad and passionate support base and has taken the process public to give fans a say in the establishment of the team's identity

"We call upon the fans to become the 24th player and help Japan build a team to challenge the best," said Director of Rugby Eddie Jones.

"Our team needs to be uniquely Japanese. We need to be fast, courageous but also smart and play rugby that the world has not seen before.

"Joining Super Rugby gives Japanese players the opportunity to play high level rugby consistently so that the players will go to Rugby World Cup 2019 with more than 40 Test caps and 50-60 Super Rugby caps."

The team will be based at Tokyo's Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Stadium with three home games per season to be played at the Singapore Sports Hub.

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The new name must be easy to pronounce and must represent the imagery of Japanese culture, tradition and history.