Jamie Joseph Renews Contract with JRFU

Japan head coach Jamie Joseph had renewed his contract with the union to take Japan through to the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France.


JRFU President Shigetaka Mori’s comments:
“Since Jamie came in as head coach on 1 September 2016, he has made remarkable progress with the side in just three years. At the recent Rugby World Cup, he lead Japan to the knock-out stage for the first time and made many people take notice of Japanese rugby. We hope that over the next four years, he can continue this progress so that Japan can do even better at France in 2023.”


Head coach Jamie Joseph’s comment:

“First of all, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the many of fans who have supported the Japanese national team at the Rugby World Cup 2019 Japan, and to those who Involved in delivering the tournament successfully. Thank you very much.

We could achieve our target of reaching to the top eight. However, if we look ahead to the future, there still are many things need to be worked on and I have chosen to take up the challenge once again with the Brave Blossoms. I am now determined to develop the team more than ever.

I am so excited about Japanese rugby and feel very privileged to lead the team towards the next World Cup.

Japan has played a big part of my rugby career as a player and now as a coach so to be supported by the JRFU and all the fans in Japan means so much to me as the Head Coach thanks you so much.

This year’s teams showed the world what can be achieved in the game of rugby when everybody is thinking together, working hard and working smart together as one team.

The preparation for the next World Cup starts today and it’s important for all those younger players who want to be part of ‘’One Team in 2023’’ to start challenging now!

Lastly, thank you for your continued support and cheers to the Brave Blossoms.”