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we have a dream


 

1975

Five young men whose only rugby experience had been touching a rugby football in Physical Education class start a small rugby team. Although most members are beginners, with the manpower and enthusiasm of a team much larger in size, they slowly build up their ranks and reputation.

1983

A major turning point for the team: Mark Ealey, an exchange student from New Zealand, joins the team and shares his knowledge of rugby with its members.

1987

Several members of the rugby team visit New Zealand to watch the Rugby World Cup. They are shocked to see that everyone-- from children to the elderly, follow the game of rugby. To the New Zealanders, it was a part of their everyday lives, and that was the source of their strength as players.

1995

Twenty years after its founding, the rugby team participates in its first away game in New Zealand. The entire team is finally able to see the New Zealand rugby team practice on its own turf. The team is amazed by the rolling green fields with white goal posts scattered along the skyline. Children run barefoot, while older people walking their dogs follow the game from the sidelines. Adults all play together, and afterwards pat each other on the back while chatting about the game at their clubhouse. At the sight of this, the Japanese team is in shock. This is what they saw their club evolving into and this was the start of the "Barbarian's dream."
dreams come true
For the Hokkaido Barbarian Club members, what they saw in New Zealand stayed with them as a dream and in order to realize that dream, the team begins to take steps to evolve.

1999

The Barbarians becomes the first sports club in Japan to be certified as an Non Profit Organisation. The club sets itself new goals in addition to strengthening their involvement in volunteer work and working with the community.

2002

The Junior Team is founded, and the U-19 (high school team) is founded in the following year. The team works to spread the joy to young people of playing sports through rugby. During this time, the top team steadily grows and is eventually ranked number one in Hokkaido. The team also becomes regulars at the East-Japan Club Championship finals and are runners-up in the All-Japan Club Competition two years running. The team is slowly evolving into a club.

2007

The Barbarians realize their dream. The club acquires Sapporo General Field in Jozankei from NTT Japan for team activities.

2008

With the Jozankei grounds as their home, the Barbarians begin their first activities together as one with their community.
 

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