The Japanese seniors choosing rugby over retirement
Why they're willing to die on the field
When we think of rugby, we tend to imagine dozens of bulky young players running, mauling, scrumming, and crashing into one another—which, to the uninitiated, can look like mutually consensual brutality. In Tokyo's Fuwaku Club, all of those things still happen, but the players look a little different.
Fondly called Tokyo’s Golden Oldies, Fuwaku was the first rugby club for seniors in the world. It stages competitive, full-contact matches and welcomes players over 40, with a significant number of members in their 70s, 80s, and even 90s.
But the aggressive game is so much more than just a recreational sport for these men. Click through the gallery to see some truly incredible photos that challenge our notion of what retirement should look like.