Jones: ‘Everyone was crying’

Date published: September 21 2015

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Japan coach Eddie Jones revealed that there were plenty of tears being shed on the Brighton pitch following Japan's shock win against South Africa.

An 83rd minute try was enough for the Brave Blossoms to cause the biggest upset in Rugby World Cup history, cueing a flood of emotion from the players.

"When we got down to pitch level it seemed as if everyone was crying," the former Australian coach told the Daily Mail.

"I've never seen more grown men in tears. It was an absolutely unbelievable scene which will live with me for the rest of my life.

"I'll never cease to wonder at the Japanese psyche. These guys seem to cry when they're happy and laugh when they're nervous – it's almost the opposite of Western behaviour – and the tears were flooding out on the pitch. It was an amazing place to be."

Jones added that the landmark victory – just their second at a World Cup – will do wonders for the island nation, who are hosting the 2019 event.

"The lift this will give rugby in Japan and the World Cup as a whole is incomprehensible," quipped the 55-year-old.

"It showed that an upset of this magnitude – a top three team in the world beaten by one from outside the top ten – is possible."

Japan will hope to continue their winning run when they face Scotland on Wednesday at Kingsholm.

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