■Yohei Kurume (In Kyrgyzstan since 2016)
Destination: Kyrgyz national sports academy
Coached students between the ages of 16 to 22, three times a week, at the Kyrgyz national sports academy as well as played in outside tournaments with neighboring countries (Uzbekistan / Kazakhstan).
Message from Yohei Kurume:
“Let’s try!” spirit is something that I found very valuable.
Make the best of going abroad for 2 years! Rugby will help you grow and I can say that I have changed myself over the last 2 years. For example, the way I think, how I get to close to people and how I feel happy about small things.
If you want to make changes in your life or if you want to get yourself involved in rugby, but do not know how and where to start, I highly recommend applying for this opportunity.
What people have to do to change themselves is to "change their environment."
Just try it before you think about it too much!
■Yuri Ito (In Sri Lanka since 2016)
Destination: Central Province Rugby Union
Coached students between the ages of 10 to 20, six times a week, in and around Kandi city as well as spread girls’ rugby.
Message from Yuri:
I have realized two things that I had forgotten about by seeing kids practice every day. The first is why they play rugby and the second is that rugby is fun!
By sending coaches, we can be involved in the development of rugby across the border in Asia. This is a great opportunity for you to get involved!
■Tadaaki Yamamoto (In Uzbekistan since 2017)
Destination: Uzbekistan Rugby Federation
Coached students between the ages of 10 to 20 at the local club. Some players who he coached represented the U – 18 National team. Teams that he coached changed every month and he has coached 6 teams in total.
Message from Tadaaki:
As a player, I was never chosen for any rep teams, but I applied for this position because I love rugby. In addition, I had never coached rugby until I went to Uzbekistan, however, I took coaching workshops, which got me ready and feeling confident about going to Uzbekistan.
Recently, I’ve realized that the same areas which have led to my personal growth have been the same areas that have led to the improvements of this country. Having kids love rugby more is motivating and I will continue to work hard with local coaches and we will work towards raising the level of both coaches and athletes.