Japan still without interim coach

Date published: February 1 2016

Japan's new director of rugby, Masahiro Kunda, has revealed that they will likely be without an interim head coach ahead of their two-Test series against Scotland in June.

Despite naming New Zealander Jamie Joseph as their new head coach, he will only be able to officially start in August when his current contract with Super Rugby franchise the Highlanders runs out.

"We are still working on it," Kunda told Agence France-Presse. "There is a process and all we can say is we are looking at various options."

Joseph was named as Eddie Jones’ successor after the Australian led the Brave Blossoms to a remarkable 2015 Rugby World Cup run, where they beat two-time world champions South Africa 34-32 in their opening match.

However, it has also been reported that another New Zealander Mark Hammett, who is also the head coach of new Super Rugby side the Sunwolves, could be appointed until Joseph eventually takes the post.