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Joseph commits to Brave Blossoms

18th November 2019, 10:47 by Alex Jack

Japan head coach Jamie Joseph says he has "great expectations" for his team after committing to a new contract with the JRFU.

The Kiwi, who was linked with taking over from Steve Hansen with the New Zealand job, managed to take Japan to the semi-finals of the 2019 World Cup.

Japan beat both Ireland and Scotland on their way to the last eight, only to be beaten by eventual champions South Africa.

Having committed to Japan through to the 2023 World Cup in France, Joseph is setting the bar high for what his side will be looking to achieve.

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

Meanwhile, Japan Rugby Football Union president Shigetaka Mori was delighted with the new deal and is excited what the future holds for the national side with Joseph still at the helm.

"We highly value his capability, which took the Japan team to the world's top level in just three years," he said. "I hope he will make the team stronger in the next four years. I look very much forward to seeing how strong the Japan team will be under the leadership of Mr Joseph."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Alex Jack is a Yorkshireman with Scottish connections and well versed in a number of sports. A Leeds United supporter, who also enjoys both codes of rugby. Leeds Rhinos is where you can find him in the summer, while Alex is an avid supporter of Scottish rugby union.

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