The hottest shirt in sports: More than 200,000 Japan Rugby World Cup jerseys sold after team’s incredible run
The “Brave Blossoms” jerseys have become the must-have attire for rugby fans, whether they’re Japanese or simply just fans of the game, with World Rugby stating that more than 200,000 Japanese replica jerseys have been sold so far during the tournament, with many fans at the main Japan 2019 megastore in Tokyo left disappointed as a result.Also on rt.com 'More than just a game for us': Victorious Japan dedicate stunning Rugby World Cup win to victims of Typhoon Hagibis (VIDEO)
Japan’s incredible performance in the tournament has seen them reach the quarter-final stage, which has only increased the level of demand for the jerseys.
"The Japanese jerseys are just selling like crazy," store manager Danny Robinson said on Wednesday.
"We have taken them from the stadiums, as what hasn’t sold at the stadiums is coming back here, we have totally cleaned out Canterbury’s warehouse and we are getting them whenever we can but unfortunately it looks like most of the Japanese jerseys in Japan are sold out.
“If we get a shipment in, we get maybe 200 on the shelf and then suddenly they are gone within two hours, three hours maximum. We have people lining up at the door when they know Japanese jerseys are here.”
It will be interesting to see how strong the demand for Japan merchandise is after the quarter-finals. They face South Africa in the last eight on Sunday in Tokyo.Also on rt.com 'They say it isn't a sport for women. I just smile': Meet Russia's women's beach rugby team