In the third and final chapter of Dove Men+Care's Spirit of Rugby Series, we take a look at the resilience showed by the city of Kamaishi on its recovery from 2011 Tsunami in such a way that it is gearing to host the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Titled the ‘Spirit of Rugby', the film highlights the spirit and togetherness in rugby when Australian international and ex. Kamaishi Seawaves player, Scott Fardy, put others before himself by opting to stay and help those affected by the tsunami that destroyed the Japanese city eight years back.
Whilst playing rugby in Japan for two years Scott had developed close ties with local players in the Kamaishi Seawaves team and the local community, making his decision to stay and help an easy one. With a big year of rugby approaching for Japan, the city of Kamaishi have recently completed the building of its Recovery Memorial Stadium, giving hope for the future.
“It was a life-changing kind of moment,” Fardy said.
“I never suffered in any shape or form, but I saw a lot of suffering from the people of my area and the town I was living in.
"There was only ever one thought and that was to help these amazing people get back on their feet. It’s fantastic to see the new stadium and I’m looking forward to vising soon.”
The ‘Spirit of Rugby’ films have been released throughout 2018 in the lead up to the World Rugby awards in November, at which the Spirit of Rugby Award, in association with Dove Men+Care, will be presented to somebody going above and beyond with an outstanding act of care in the rugby community.