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In Japan, which is hosting the Rugby World Cup this month, 150 clubs stage competitive matches for players above the age of 40 – and Tokyo’s Fuwaku Rugby Club has three over-90s.

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Of Japan’s 120,000 rugby players, about 10,000 are over the age of 40.

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Ryuichi Nagayama (below left), 86, says: “You tackle and battle each other but the gathering after the play is so enjoyable and fun.

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“We talk about how each other plays and no-one gets angry about how we played. The atmosphere is great.”

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As a practising doctor, Mr Nagayama is very aware of the risks

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