September 30, 2019 / 8:58 AM / 20 days ago

Japan coach Joseph to be offered new contract: report

Rugby Union - Rugby World Cup 2019 - Rugby World Cup - Pool A - Japan v Ireland - Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, Shizuoka, Japan - September 28, 2019 Japan head coach Jamie Joseph during the warm up before the match REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan head coach Jamie Joseph has agreed a contract extension with the Brave Blossoms until the end of 2021, according to a local media report.

Joseph, who masterminded Japan’s thrilling upset of Ireland on Saturday to make it two wins from two so far for the Rugby World Cup hosts, had a contract with the Japanese Rugby Football Union (JRFU) until the end of 2019.

Japanese sports daily Nikkan Sports reported that Joseph and the JRFU have come to a “basic agreement on the extension of his contract”.

The reports said the contract negotiations started before the tournament began on Sept. 20.

New Zealander Joseph, who played for both the All Blacks and Japan, took over from Eddie Jones as Brave Blossoms head coach in 2016.

He has been widely credited with evolving the Japanese squad into a dynamic, attacking side who can challenge world rugby’s Tier One nations.

They certainly did that on Saturday, when their high-tempo attacking play and dogged defence led them to the stunning 19-12 win over Ireland, a side recently who were ranked number one in the world.

Reporting by Jack Tarrant; editing by Sudipto Ganguly

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