will opentheir Super Rugby campaign against the Sunwolves in Tokyo on Saturday (06:15 SAtime).
According to Netwerk24, the Japan Rugby Football Union(JRFU) wrote a letter to the Golden Lions Rugby Union (GLRU) shortly before theLions’ departure.
In the letter, the JFRU warned players with tattoos to notdisplay it in public.
A spokesperson for the Lions said they were especially madeaware of the fact that the players should cover their tattoos when training inthe gym.
Tattoos have negative connotations in Japan and in a lot ofcases it is associated with the Yakuza, a Japanese organised crime syndicate.
Two Lions players - flyhalf Elton Jantjies and centre LionelMapoe - have several tattoos, but both have played club rugby in Japan so theywill know how to go about displaying, or hiding, them.
After Saturday’s clash in Tokyo, the Lions will travel toNew Zealand for matches against the Chiefs (March 5, Hamilton) and Highlanders(March 12, Dunedin).
Lions touring squad in alphabetical order:
Ruan Ackermann, Fabian Booysen, Andries Coetzee, RobbieCoetzee, Ruan Combrinck, Faf de Klerk, Ruan Dreyer, Andries Ferreira, CorneFourie, Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Elton Jantjies, Jaco Kriel, Robert Kruger,Lionel Mapoe, Malcolm Marx, Howard Mnisi, Franco Mostert, Julian Redelinghuys,Courtnall Skosan, Dillon Smit, Dylan Smith, Warwick Tecklenburg, Armand van derMerwe, Jaco van der Walt, Jacques van Rooyen, Harold Vorster, Warren Whiteley(captain)