Simon ‘Rhino’ Ryan - Club president (Outside Half)
A former 1st XV captain and club legend, Rhino is now president of the rugby section. His occasional cameos on the field show that he still has his skills of old. Even more impressive are his performances con tour – he leads the way on every night out, and yet is somehow the first up next morning to rally the troops.
Dean Stallard – 1st XV Captain (Prop/Hooker)
Dean’s first match for the club was against the Cru in February 2008. To quote from the Vicar’s match report, Dean ‘made his debut in fine YCAC tradition by cheating on the pitch, cheating in the Man Of The Match drink off, having to dash from the train three stops before our destination for a p*ss break, being the first member of the side to leave the pub with a pretty Asian girl and then sending round an e-mail to lads on Monday morning to ask if anyone had found his mobile phone. Clearly, Dean is going to be a stellar member of the YCAC Front Row Union for years to come.’ Since that fine beginning, Dean has continued to be a star for YCAC both on and off the field.
‘Slow’ Joe Fisher – Vice Captain (Prop/Flanker)
When Slow Joe joined YCAC during the 2006/07 season he claimed to be a flanker but his lack of pace and refusal to offload in the tackle raised suspicions amongst the Committee. Sure enough it transpires that Joe played senior club rugby in New Zealand at prop and was quickly returned to his rightful position. Despite this, he still managed to be the YCAC’s top-equal try-scorer for the 2007/08 season (along with vice-captain and fellow ball-hog Dougal Robertson). With his deep voice and manly exterior, who would have expected Slow Joe to have rushed to put on a miniskirt, stockings and false boobs for the YCAC Rugby 2007 Christmas Party?
Brimman Frazer – Social Director (lock, flanker)
Brimman ‘Brutus’ Frazer sailed to YCAC on the same boat of youth as Chris Mander, his ‘close friend’ and ‘housemate’. The marine analogy is literally true with Brimman as he spent some of his youth travelling around the world in a yacht ‘“rumours that it was a two-man yacht with him as the ‘captain’ and Chris as his ‘first mate’ have yet to be confirmed though. Regardless, since arriving at YCAC Brimman has made a huge impact in the forwards and is a great asset both in the tight stuff and out wide, playing 1st team rugby at both lock and open side flanker. Off the field Brimman is happiest playing sailor and is best known for consuming vast amounts of whiskey, red bull and coke mixers and then getting refusals from most of the bars in Roppongi. Nickname comes from a treacherous defection from the Rest of the World side to Europe for the 2009 Panty Shield.
Aran Delaney – Social Director (Lock)
What is there to say about Del? Del is best known for his completely random spur of the moment speeches which can either be absolutely amazing or absolutely shite. Del’s crowning moment for YCAC came not in Thailand where he apparently decided that it was ok to rock up to the rugby pitch free balling for all YCAC members to see but when he was viciously injured by a opposition member during a league match. YCAC were awarded a penalty then seemingly minutes after and while play was still stopped Del was rolling around screaming like he had just been shot. When the Captain promoted him to shut up and get up he had a miraculous recovery. This event aside Del brings an unrivalled passion to the rugby pitch and his most famous quote (which no-one really understands) “Top 2 inches guys” and will continue to give it his all for a few years to come. PS. Del is the only YCAC member to hold a “joint” facebook profile with his wife.
Simon ‘Supreme Splinter’ Litster - Coaching Advisor
A former Hong Kong representative (15s & 7s), Simon was an outstanding captain of YCAC’s first XV back in the last century. He earned his nickname by consistently failing to stick with the programme and leaving club tours halfway through. Has now hung up his boots due to the early onset of brittle bone disease but is still involved with the teams as a forwards advisor. Clearly a man who likes a challenge, Simon is also expanding his coaching in areas outside of rugby by acting as ‘Wingman’ for Ken Noguchi.
Luke Raimo (Prop/Second Row)
Probably one of the most feared members of the YCAC, sporting full sleeve tattoos and weighing in at a mild 125kg most opposition shiver at the site of him. Luke had provided one of the more amazing comebacks from injury after having Cervical Fusion Surgery which starts by with a rod being entered through your throat to reach the damaged disks in your neck. Luke is an impact player, provides an extremely strong platform form when playing second row and will continue to terrorize opposition to come.
Scott Sizemore (Prop/Hooker)
Scott came to Yokohama shortly after Commodore Perry and his black ships and has been thriving here ever since. It’s not clear whether he personally introduced rugby to the Japanese, but he does claim responsibility for the concept of beer. His astonishing performances with the yard glass lend support to this claim.
Naiki ‘Nike’ Yoshio (Prop)
A former corporate rugby player (with the Shimizu Blue Sharks), Nike travels all the way from Niigata each weekend to turn out for YCAC. With an impressive motor giving the perfect center of gravity for a prop, many an opponent has remembered an urgent dentist’s appointment when seeing Nike lining up against them. The only question looming over Nike is how a guy who spends so much time bathing (onsens, soaplands, etc.) can maintain such a consistent full-body aroma.
Daisuke Okada (Prop)
A former Honda player, Daisuke has been a pillar of strength in the front line of the YCAC scrum for a number of seasons now. It was not always thus though – Daisuke started off as a flanker but has gradually worked his way forward as the years have passed. A sprinter in his youth, Daisuke’s speed could now be best described as glacial. Daisuke is a player who prefers to do virtually all of his talking on the field but does make a valuable contribution to team harmony through the constant supply of Apple products to his team-mates.
Yusuke Hata (Prop)
Recruited to the club by Rhino, who allegedly found him in a bar surrounded by gorgeous women and quickly brought him into the fold after being greatly impressed by his American accent, smooth touch with the ladies and insinuation that he had propped for Keio. Despite it subsequently unfolding that several aspects of this first meeting were misleading (he does have an American accent) Yusuke has fitted in well at YC&AC, mainly due to his propensity to shoulder charge players much bigger than him and his arcane knowledge of all the most disreputable establishments in central Tokyo.
Mike King (Hooker/Second Row)
The Chairman of the YCAC ‘Midget’s Club’, Mike has adapted well to his new role as hooker after the departure of Sushi meant that there was no-one else of equal ‘stature’ to join him in the second row. Whilst enjoying a sabbatical from the working world during the 2007/08 season, Mike spent his time exploring his passions for acting and interpretative dance. Now reborn as a consultant, Mike’s focus for the 2008/09 season is to avoid joining Freezer in the end of year golden bagel awards.
Sias Potgieter (Second Row)
Originally from Cape Town, Sias has travelled the world with his rugby boots before moving to Japan. Now married to a Japanese girl the big South African looks set for a long stay in the land of the Rising Sun. That may explain why he is conserving his energy at YCAC by refusing to warm-up and spending long periods of time on the wing ‘“ although it must be said that this policy has been paying dividends ‘“ Sias was awarded the prize for the 1st XV ‘Most Improved Player’ for the 2007/08 season.
Ben Duncan (Outside Half)
Ben has been a points scoring machine for YCAC and has the distinction of holding the current all-time record for points scored in one match (42 ‘“ 4 tries and 11 out of 11 conversions against Koryo in December 2007). As well as being fast out of the blocks on the rugby field he is also fast out of the blocks in the aftermatch as well ‘“ perhaps he is just keen to get behind the wheel of that new Porsche!
Willie Lapthorn (Outside half / Fullback)
As the nephew of Club President Simon ‘Rhino’ Ryan, a lot was expected from Willie – both on and off the field – when he first joined YCAC for the 2007/08 season. In most areas he has lived up to expectations – silky skills on the pitch, iron stamina in the bar and a thousand words a minute in both places. However, the presence of a steady girlfriend has disappointed the Committee (a group of married men whose sole pleasure is now to live vicariously through the younger members of the club).
Maui Magele (Centre)
Married young and with two kids already Maui plays rugby like he has sex: Full force and no protection! When ‘The Chiropracter’ is not busy maiming opponents on the field or expanding his family off it he doubles as YCAC’s resident fashion guru and is a specialist in the field of white leather shoes.
Ben Patu (Centre)
Ben has shown how much YCAC means to him by turning down a lucrative career as a Michael Jackson look-alike (pre-op) to work alongside Kieran Walsh in the wireless communications industry. Unfortunately YCAC have not yet reaped the benefits of this selfless choice as the strong running and big tackling ex U-19 Samoa rep has struggled with a knee injury for much of the 2007/08 season. The real shame for the rest of the team is that this has meant we didn’t see his girlfriend all season!
Mike Griffin (Centre)
Griffo arrived at YCAC for the 2007/08 season with an excellent rugby pedigree ‘“ ex-Australian U19′s and over 200 First Grade games for the Sydney University club ‘“ and immediately cemented a place in the 1sts midfield with his slick passing and excellent defence. Unfortunately, as an Aussie, Griffo does have an unfortunate tendency towards lateness ‘“ the best example being when he missed the flight to Kobe for the 2008 Interport because he had been out in Roppongi until 7 am the night before. However, he usually pulls through in the end though ‘“ for the Interport he redeemed himself by getting on the shinkansen and arriving in Kobe in time to put in an excellent performance.
Chur Arts (Centre/Wing)
Big Artie is best known for his slang Chur bro, he is also well known as mister fix it. Arts can play Flanker, wing, centre and just about anywhere we ask him to! Arts is also a rare breed at YCAC being only one of two house husbands. The only problem is he doesnt have any kids so one of the great mysteries at YCAC is figuring out what he actually does everyday! We suspect whatever he does it involves locations like Greenland, Heartland or any other bar with land in it. His versatility on the pitch is invaluable and brings a strong running game with solid defence, he is also a fine member of the aftermatch drinking club.
Kenji Yoshioka (Winger/Flanker)
Kenji joined YCAC during the 2007/08 season and immediately stood out because of his red gloves. Of course peer pressure is a wonderful thing and Kenji soon stopped wearing the aforementioned accessories ‘“ at least on the rugby field. Ditching the gloves obviously didn’t do any harm to Kenji’s tryscoring abilities though as he ended up as the Gents top-tryscorer for the 2007/08 season.
Haru Uchida (Winger)
Haru ended up on YC&AC’s doorstep after working his way, in various capacities, through teams at every level of Japanese rugby (e.g. Japan Sevens, Mitsubishi Dynabores, Meiji University). A flying winger whose slight frame does make for some nasty collisions, the most memorable of which being in a Sapporo nightclub the evening before our 2012 match with the Hokkaido Barbarians. A very good recruiter off the field, responsible for introducing some of our best finds over the last couple of seasons, e.g. Kaz Numata, Ryo Okawara, Mrs Uchida …