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Liberty Fields

Guinness Rugby

Liberty Fields is the latest of Guinness’ Made of More stories, and tells the remarkable tale of a group of women who defied the social conventions of 80s Japan, by forming an ultimately indomitable rugby team.

In 1989 Tokyo, women’s rugby was almost unheard of and the team faced ridicule and hostility from all angles.

But this scepticism only drove them to train harder, work longer and fight their way to the top.

Despite their humble beginnings, they soon became one of the strongest sides around and many of them were selected to represent their country in the women’s World Cup.

Liberty Fields RFC played at this level despite having no coach, no doctor and very little support, instead relying on what they did have – a team.

Balancing training with jobs and families, they set a new level for women’s sport in Japan, showing what you can achieve with grit, determination, and an unbreakable spirit.