Deans rules out role with Japan

Date published: December 5 2015

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Former Australia head coach Robbie Deans has ruled out the prospect of him taking over the Japan national side.

Deans is currently based in Japan coaching Top League outfit Panasonic.

Following the departure of Eddie Jones the JRFU are understood to have drawn up a list of possible candidates that includes the Highlanders' Super Rugby winning boss Jamie Joseph.

Deans' only focus however is on continuing his work with Panasonic – currently unbeaten and also champions last season – rather than on taking up a role with both Japan and new Super Rugby franchise the Sunwolves. 

"I told the JRFU (Japan Rugby Football Union) some time ago that I was not interested in either role," Deans told Kyodo News.

"I enjoy working at Panasonic. They are a good club and a good group of men who play for each other and I enjoy the program there.

"I did 12 years in Super Rugby and won seven titles – five as head coach and two as manager. I am not interested in living out of a suitcase, especially with the itinerary those guys (the Sunwolves) have been given

"I am not looking at returning to international rugby or Super Rugby. I have done my time there."

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