JOSEPH TO DOUBLE UP IN JAPAN
FORMER HIGHLANDERS COACH JAMIE JOSEPH IS GOING TO BE BACK IN SUPER RUGBY NEXT YEAR HAVING TAKEN CHARGE OF THE SUNWOLVES. Joseph will combine the role with his current post as head coach of the Japanese national team. He’ll be taking over from Filo Tiatia who struggled to have much impact with the side in 2017.
The Sunwolves failed to impress under Tiatia’s guidance, however, and they finished the 2017 season at the bottom of the Africa One Conference table with just two wins from 15 matches played.
The decision to make the change was also about giving Joseph greater influence and control over Japan’s best players and to e ectively manage them 12 months of the year. It’s a similar system to the one used by the Jaguares and Pumas – where it is largely one team playing under two di erent names.
The Sunwolves finished 17th last year and other than a famous win against the Blues in the final round, they had a disappointing season.
Joseph le the Highlanders in 2016, having led them to their first title in 2015. He accepted the head coaching job in Japan in August 2016.
“I can’t wait for next season,” Joseph said. “We have a huge challenge ahead of us but I’ve been here before with the Highlanders.”