Japan could be team of the World Cup

Date published: October 5 2015

Japan coach Eddie Jones thinks the Brave Blossoms could be regarded as the team of the World Cup, should they win their final Pool B match against the United States.

At this juncture Japan occupy the third position in Pool B, having accumulated eight points in the two matches they have played. The team's two victories were recorded surprisingly against South Africa in their opening Pool fixture, and against Samoa during an emphatic performance at Milton Keynes last weekend.

"If we win three games, we will end up as team of the tournament," said Jones after Saturday's win.

The United States have yet to record a victory in this year's tournament and will have a very short turnaround time after their fixture against the Springboks on October 7, meaning the odds do appear to be stacked in Japan's favour at this point – hence why Jones is confident about his team's prospects. 

There is also the distinct possibility that Japan will qualify for the quarter-final if they succeed against the United States. However, the fixture between Scotland and Samoa needs to go in their favour.

"We play against the USA; let's hope Scotland do the right thing to Samoa next week," Jones added.

Regardless of what does transpire in the end, Jones is proud of what the team has achieved thus far and remains determined to do more as the tournament progresses.

"We don't control those things. We always said we came to this tournament with two targets. One, to be the team of the tournament and, secondly, to make the quarter-finals."