Rugby - 'Unstructure' at heart of Joseph's Japan masterplan

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Taking over from the charismatic and compelling Eddie Jones as Japan coach after their victory over South Africa four years ago was never going to ...

TOKYO: Taking over from the charismatic and compelling Eddie Jones as Japan coach after their victory over South Africa four years ago was never going to be an easy task but Jamie Joseph has put his own mark on the Brave Blossoms.

On the way to winning the Pacific Nations Cup last month, Japan chalked up 14 tries and 109 points during three matches, playing a free-flowing style of rugby that will entertain home fans at the World Cup. Due to a shortened Top League domestic season, Joseph and his coaching staff have essentially been in camp with their players since the beginning of the year and the 49-year-old now believes the foundations are in place for his ideas to flourish.Japan's game is now based on"speed, skill and unstructure", which Joseph believes best utilise his players' strengths but have required months of intensive fitness training and conditioning.

Flexibility is also key for Joseph, who has tried out a number of his more dynamic ball players in various positions across the backline.

 

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