TOKYO, 11 Oct - Tonga training ended with an unusual game on Friday, when the coaching staff decided it was time to show the current squad how it should be done.
There was certainly some talent on view – head coach Toutai Kefu was a World Cup winner with Australia in 1999, while Pita Alatini played 17 times for New Zealand and once for Tonga.
Kefu, pictured above, was reminded that, exactly 20 years ago, he was banned from a World Cup quarter-final against Wales after a fight with Ireland's Trevor Brennan in Dublin, but there were no fisticuffs this time.
Walking rugby awaits us all one day, but Ireland full-back Rob Kearney showed a surprising turn of speed during the team Captain's Run in Fukuoka on Friday. Or perhaps he is just a fan of Monty Python's Ministry of Silly Walks.
Tartan Army in high spirits
Not much can dampen the enthusiasm of Scottish rugby fans on tour. Not even, it turns out, a typhoon. "We’re quietly confident," said Richard Rogers, pictured with 30-plus pals in Shizuoka. "It will pass through. Scotland-Japan is the game of the pool stage. It's going to be a cracker."
The group, who have watched all of Scotland's games, have their plans firmly in place for riding out the storm in Tokyo. "Beer," Rogers said. "We’ve stocked up on lots and lots of beer. It's all part of being on tour, isn't it?"
Luck of the draw
This little girl, from Kakegawa, waited for almost an hour to wish her chosen RWC 2019 team, the Wallabies, good luck for Friday's clash with Georgia in nearby Shizuoka. According to her mother, she was very patient, although we are not sure we 100 per cent believe her when she says her daughter drew that perfect Wallaby all by herself…
Ireland is a musical nation and their players were suitably impressed to be serenaded by children from Kasuga Higashi Elementary School prior to Saturday's match in Fukuoka. "It was really special," said Rob Kearney. "They’ve put on a great show for us. Their rendition of Ireland’s Call was as good as you might hear at some of the stadiums."
We await their versions of Puppet on a String, Congratulations and Back Home, all co-penned by Ireland's Call creator Phil Coulter, with interest.
A well-judged tweet highlighting some very obvious similarities between South Africa scrum-half Cobus Reinach and his late father, Jaco, a Springbok himself in the 1980s:
Join Elma as Georgia's players take on the fiendishly difficult Cockroach Chopstick Challenge and two NBA stars go head-to-head with a pair of USA rugby players.
Catt off course
Italy backs coach Mike Catt has been able to indulge his love of golf in Japan, though he is hoping for an upturn in fortunes before he heads home. Catt and kicking coach Marius Goosen are a regular four-ball pair against head coach Conor O'Shea and strength and conditioning coach Pete Atkinson, but trail 3-0.
Catt, who plays off 16 "on a good day", has called into question Atkinson's 21 handicap, but otherwise he admits it has been a joy to sample Japan's courses. "It's good to get out because a bit of cabin fever sets in," he said. "The courses are just unbelievable. The buggies are all remote-controlled, so you don't have to do anything. The courses have been immaculate, with amazing views."
Stat of the day
Georgia made a staggering 124 tackles in the first 34 minutes of their Pool D match against Australia on Friday evening.