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(From The Yomiuri Shimbun/Daily Yomiuri)
Brave Blossoms look to bud new talent
Rich Freeman / Daily Yomiuri Sportswriter
The Japan Rugby Football Union announced Monday its long-awaited International Rugby Board-backed plan to develop a high performance unit.
Titled the ATQ Programme--as in advance to the quarterfinals at the 2011 Rugby World Cup--the "aim of the High Performance Plan is to develop players, coaches, referees, competitions and administrators who will help to achieve our target."
The plan is part of the IRB's aim to develop the so-called Tier 2 nations--which include Canada, Fiji, the United …