Published: 16:31 | 18/11/19

Joseph renews Japan contract

Former All Black Jamie Joseph is set to remain as Japan’s head coach until 2023 at least.

The 49-year-old has renewed his contract for a further four years and will now lead the Blossoms into the next World Cup in France in 2023.

Hosts Japan won all four of their pool games at RWC 2019, including victories over Ireland and Scotland, as they qualified for the knock-out stages for the first time in their history.

The free-flowing brand of rugby they played earned them fans all over the world and played a major part in the overall success of the tournament.

His success with Japan was thought to have put Joseph firmly in the picture to replace Steve Hansen as All Blacks coach following the double World Cup winner’s decision to step down from the most prestigious job in rugby.

"I have great expectations for rugby in Japan and I'm very honoured that I can lead the team towards the next World Cup," he said.

Japanese Rugby Football Union President Shigetaka Mori added: "We highly appreciate that (Joseph) built up the skills of the Japan players to the world level in just three years since taking over as head coach of the men's national team.

"By leading us to the best eight for the first time at this year's Rugby World Cup in Japan, we were able to glimpse the backs of the world's best.

"I'm really looking forward to seeing how strong Japan can be under the guidance of Mr Joseph."

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