Jamie Joseph, coach of Japan’s rugby team, has re-signed until the end of 2023 following a successful home World Cup campaign where the Brave Blossoms fought against the odds to make it out of the pool stage.
Seen as one of the best underdog performances in the tournament’s history, Japan went past both Ireland and Scotland to top their group, before falling to eventual champions South Africa in the final.
Joseph was seen as one of the main candidates to take up the vacant All Blacks job in the coming weeks following Steve Hansen’s decision to step away from the post.
Others rumoured to be in the running include Scott Robertson, Ian Foster and Dave Rennie, who is also said to be on Rugby Australia’s radar to replace Michael Cheika as head coach of the Wallabies.
The coaching of Joseph, who has been with the Japanese team since 2016, while also spending two years in charge of the Sunwolves at Super Rugby level in that time period, and has been credited with many of the improvements in the nation, where rugby is still a sport developing talent.
The new deal officially sees Joseph remain the coach until December 31, 2023, meaning he will see through the next World Cup campaign for the Asian team. After finishing at the top of their group, Japan will not have to qualify for the tournament, which is set to be hosted in France.
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