Rugby Superfan On A Colorful Mission


Rugby superfan on a colorful mission

The Rugby World Cup continues to excite people across Japan and beyond. One super-fan is taking things to the next level... energizing the stands, with his torso painted like a team jersey.

Hiroshi Moriyama has been pumping up crowds, donning only body paint from the waist up.

His enthusiastic cheering has caught the eye of tournament organizers, who posted a message about him on their official twitter account.

Moriyama said, "People have different reactions. Half of them laugh, 10% laugh loudly, and the rest don't notice. I'm enjoying this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

Moriyama used to be a rugby player himself. He started wearing painted jerseys 5 years ago.

On the day he was painted like Uruguay's jersey, the team upset higher-ranked Fiji. And he was given a real team jersey after the game.

When Japan stunned Ireland, the losing team's supporters congratulated him on the win.

Moriyama's enthusiasm for the sport is contagious. And he says he has no plans of slowing down, with four weeks left to go in the tournament.