A pure gold rugby ball, made in honour of
Japan’s shock win over South Africa at
last year’s rugby World Cup, went on sale
in Tokyo on Wednesday for 38 million
yen ($360,000).
The shining 2.8 kg (6 pounds) ball was
displayed at Japan’s oldest department
store chain, Mitsukoshi, alongside other
items in the annual ‘Large Gold
The Brave Blossoms produced arguably
the biggest shock in World Cup history
when they beat twice champions South
Africa 34-32 in September, their first win
at the tournament in 24 years.
Organisers also hoped the gold ball could
inspire further success when Japan host
the next World Cup in 2019.
($1 = 104.3200 yen)