LIVE

    Japan coach Joseph quits Sunwolves to focus on RWC

    2018-09-20 07:37

    Tokyo - Japan head coach Jamie Joseph is set to relinquish control of Super Rugby's Sunwolves to concentrate on the host team's run-in to the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

    As events took place across Japan on Thursday to mark a year to go before the "Brave Blossoms" face Russia in the tournament's opening game, Joseph revealed he would step down as Sunwolves coach after combining both roles last season.

    The New Zealander will, however, preserve close ties between the Tokyo-based side and the national team.

    "I won't be coaching the Sunwolves next year, but I will be involved in appointing the coaches," the former All Black told local media.

    "Next year we need to be peaking in September, certainly not February when the Super Rugby competition starts," added Joseph.

    "You can expect a number of our players will not be participating at the start of the Super Rugby competition with the Sunwolves, but they will start a bit later in the season."

    Joseph's decision means the Sunwolves will appoint a fourth head coach in their fourth season since joining Super Rugby.

    Assistant coach Tony Brown has been tipped to take over, which would mirror his promotion to the Highlanders job in 2017 after Joseph's departure.

    Joseph took over the Sunwolves role after the team had endured a torrid first two seasons in Super Rugby, posting just three wins.

    He led them to three victories this year, but the team still finished with the wooden spoon despite signs of improvement.

    "That's why Super Rugby is good for our players," insisted Joseph.

    "It's a really intensive competition. If we can get used to that in another year's time we will put ourselves in a really good position."

    Read News24’s Comments Policy

    Live Video Streaming
    Video Highlights
    Sport Talk

    Results

    04 August 2018
    28 July 2018
    21 July 2018
    20 July 2018
    14 July 2018
    13 July 2018
    07 July 2018
    06 July 2018
    30 June 2018
    29 June 2018
    03 June 2018
    02 June 2018
    01 June 2018
    26 May 2018
    25 May 2018
    19 May 2018
    18 May 2018
    12 May 2018
    11 May 2018
    05 May 2018
    04 May 2018
    28 April 2018
    27 April 2018
    22 April 2018
    21 April 2018
    20 April 2018
    14 April 2018
    13 April 2018
    07 April 2018
    06 April 2018
    01 April 2018
    31 March 2018
    30 March 2018
    24 March 2018
    23 March 2018
    18 March 2018
    17 March 2018
    16 March 2018
    10 March 2018
    09 March 2018
    03 March 2018
    02 March 2018
    24 February 2018
    23 February 2018
    17 February 2018

    Logs

    Rank Team P W Pts
    • Lions (Q)
    • Jaguares (wc)
    • Sharks (wc)
    • Stormers
    • Bulls

    Opinion Poll

    Who will win the 2018 Rugby Championships?

    Can you name the top Super Rugby tryscorers of all-time?

    TAKE THE QUIZ
    There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.