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Monday, 16th November 2009
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Yamaha cuts players from rugby team

Japanese manufacturer Yamaha has announced it is to drop the professional members of its rugby team, in an attempt to cut costs.

Currently, 17 members of the Yamaha Jubilo rugby team are professional and include nine players from overseas, but the firm has today (November 16th) announced that as of next April, the entire team will be made up of people who work for Yamaha.

Professionals on the team include Japanese players Ryo Yamamura and Ayumu Goromaru, New Zealander Reuben Thorne, Deryck Thomas from Fiji and South African Rory Duncan.

The team are currently fifth in the Japan Top League.

The move follows a number of other sporting pull outs from Japanese teams, with car manufacturers Honda and Toyota also recently announcing that they will no longer race in Formula One as of next season.

Fellow Japanese motor marques Subaru and Suzuki have also both withdrawn from the world rally championships.

Written by Mark Smith.