Coach Joseph takes charge of Sun­wolves

The Jakarta Post - - SPORTS -

TOKYO: Ja­pan head coach Jamie Joseph is set to re­place Filo Ti­a­tia as coach of the Tokyo-based Sun­wolves, the Su­per Rugby club said on Fri­day.

The Sun­wolves have just come off an­other hor­ror sea­son in the south­ern hemi­sphere’s elite club com­pe­ti­tion, win­ning just two games. They won only one of 15 games the year be­fore, in a chas­ten­ing de­but sea­son.

Joseph took over Ja­pan’s na­tional side fol­low­ing their im­pres­sive dis­play at the 2015 World Cup, where they won three matches, in­clud­ing a shock 34-32 win over two-time world cham­pi­ons South Africa.

The former All Black will now dou­ble up as head coach of both the Brave Blos­soms and the Sun­wolves as he looks to build for the 2019 World Cup, to be held in Ja­pan.

“As the new head coach, I un­der­stand the re­spon­si­bil­ity of coach­ing at this level,” said Joseph.

“I can’t wait for next sea­son. We have a huge chal­lenge ahead of us but I’ve been here be­fore with the High­landers.”

The Sun­wolves kick off their 2018 sea­son on Fe­bru­ary 24 at home to the Brumbies.

Last week SANZAAR, Su­per Rugby’s gov­ern­ing body, called the Sun­wolves’ per­for­mances “dis­ap­point­ing” and said re­spon­si­bil­ity for the fran­chise was be­ing moved to an en­tity called the Ja­pan Su­per Rugby As­so­ci­a­tion. — AFP

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