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Rugby faces tough competition in Japan

By Cliff Federspiel

The men's rugby team recently completed its fourth overseas tour in the last six years. They were hosted by Waseda University, the defending Japanese Collegiate National Rugby champions.

MIT played four matches while in Japan. They lost a close 11-8 decision to a corporate team from IBM Japan, suffered a shutout at the hands of the Keio University All-Stars, defeated the Yokota Air Force Base 14-3, and lost to Waseda, 30-6. The tour marked the first time that a US college athletic team had visited Japan for a rugby competition.

Since the team has returned to the United States, it has competed in three matches. Still weary from their tour, the Engineers dropped their first game to Amoskeag, 26-13. Since then, the team has rebounded with a 12-10 defeat of Harvard and a 12-11 win over Vassar. MIT's B team also defeated Vassar, 8-7.

(Cliff Federspiel G is president of the rugby club.)