The moment has arrived for all the rugby fans around the world
to tune in to the 8th Rugby World Cup 2015,
which started in England on September 19th.
20 teams will play in the tournament and they have been divided into 4 pools, A, B, C and D.
Japan belongs to the Pool B, which also includes South Africa, Scotland, Samoa, and the United States.
Japan’s national rugby team is called “the Cherry Blossoms”
or “the Brave Blossoms”.
On September 23rd, Japan played bravely against Scotland,
but lost 45-10, though four days earlier,
it marked the historic victory over South Africa in 34-32.
“We’re not the strongest team out there
but we are definitely one of the toughest.
I am proud of the boys
and we have to look forward to our next game against Samoa,”
said the captain, Michael Leitch.
Despite its disappointing loss to Scotland,
Japan head coach Eddie Jones is still hopeful
that his team could reach the quarterfinals for the first time in its history.
“We need to win our next two games.
If we beat Samoa, we are in the perfect position to make the quarterfinals,” he explained.
Rugby is a sport born in England in the 19th century.
A game of rugby consists of two halves of 40 minutes.
Each team has 15 players, divided into eight forwards and seven backs.
★look forward toの訳し方について★
look forward toは通常「楽しみにする」と訳しますが、マイケルリーチ主将の “we have to look forward to our next game against Samoa”を「次のサモア戦を楽しみにしなければいけない」と訳すと、日本語としてやや不自然なので、
look forward to意味を文字通り「～に向かって前を見る」と捉え、「～に向かって気持ちを切り替える」と、筆者の判断で意訳しました。