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Tackling Japan: Rugby Legends Beauden Barrett and Aaron Smith on life in Japan and playing for Toyota Verblitz
Episode 5213th May 2024 • Jandals in Japan • Jayne Nakata & Catherine O'Connell
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Join us for a face to face interview with Toyota Verblitz players Beauden Barrett and Aaron Smith. The boys share their insights into the deep-rooted respect within Japanese culture and sports, and how these athletes navigate their lives on and off the field in Japan. Plus, hear their personal journeys from small-town New Zealand to the international rugby stage and the unexpected quirks of living in Japan. Don't miss this unique blend of sports, culture, and heartfelt stories! A huge thank you to Team Toyota and Team Toyota Verblitz for helping to make this all possible. 

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In this episode you’ll hear:

  • How Beauden and Aaron came to be international rugby players now playing in Japan
  • The difference between life in Tokyo and Nagoya for rugby lifestyle
  • The top advice they received from their mums and nana as well as their advice for Kiwis considering Japan
  • Secret talents, fave conbini treats and their favourite “nihongo


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