Rugby: New Zealander Joseph set to take over as Japan coach

posted on January 23, 2016

Otago Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph has agreed to take over as Japan coach at the end of the Super Rugby champions' 2016 season, the Dunedin-based team said on Jan. 21.

There was no clarification as to whether the 46-year-old former All Blacks loose forward would be able to lead the Japan side when they host Scotland on June 18 and 25.

Super Rugby takes a four-week break in June to allow for an international window.

"The decision to move on from the Highlanders was the toughest ... I have ever had to make in my coaching career," Joseph said in a statement on New Zealand Rugby's website, hours before a news conference was due to be held in Dunedin.

"For me, the challenge of the next few years with Japan is what I need to keep moving forward."

Japan had been in the market for a new head coach after Eddie Jones, who guided them to an unprecedented three wins at last year's Rugby World Cup, left the post.

Australian Jones joined South Africa's Stormers before being appointed England coach through to the next World Cup in 2019, which will be hosted by Japan.

source by asahi
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