Rugby is gaining momentum in Japan. The fantastic victory for the Blossoms over South Africa in the World Cup just sped up the process. Now that they've got a Super Rugby team, and their star player earned a big move to the Queensland Reds.
It's fair to say that rugby has never seen fans like the Japanese.
To celebrate the Sunwolves first game of Super Rugby against the Lions tomorrow morning, they've unveiled their mascot Pinging.
I don't know about you, but Pinging is absolutely terrifying...
Well the Sunwolves' new mascot 'Pinging' isn't terrifying at all.... pic.twitter.com/OTfPi26UAd
— Tom Hamilton (@tomhamiltonespn) February 26, 2016
That is going to haunt my nightmares.