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Joseph renews contract with Japan through 2023

Former All Black Jamie Joseph is out of the running to become the next New Zealand head coach after signing a new deal to continue with Japan through the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

Joseph guided Japan to the quarterfinals of the recent Rugby World Cup, which made him a favorite among a field of 26 candidates to take over from Steve Hansen as All Blacks coach. But the Japan Rugby Union yesterday announced Joseph had re-signed for four years. “I have great expectations for rugby in Japan and I’m very honored that I can lead the team towards the next World Cup,” Joseph said in a statement. “I have a great sense of expectation in Japanese rugby and I am very pleased to be able to lead the team for the next Rugby World Cup.” Joseph, 49, had a strong case to become the next All Blacks coach after guiding Japan to the RWC quarterfinals for the first time. He sought the role in partnership with fellow All Black and Japan assistant coach Tony Brown, who had also been approached to partner rival All Blacks coaching candidates Ian Foster and Scott Robertson. Foster, who has been Hansen’s head coach since 2012, and Robertson, who guided the Canterbury Crusaders to the Super Rugby title in each of the last three years, are now the leading candidates.


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