Joseph calls for new Japan legacy

Date published: January 19 2017

Japan head coach Jamie Joseph says they must put the Brave Blossoms' incredible run at the 2015 Rugby World Cup behind them.

The Brave Blossoms were spectacular at the last event after beating two-time world champions South Africa during the pool stages. But Joseph says that it is time to move on and create a new legacy for Japan moving forward.

"What's important now is we leave the World Cup behind," Joseph told Supersport.

"We can't keep talking about 2015. I'm not sure any other team in professional sport talks about things that happened two years ago.

"The first three months was quite hectic but I'm starting to build a plan to see us going forward."

The former All Black says he didn't walk into the best scenario in the Japan setup due to there being a lack of organisation after a series of part time coaches after Eddie Jones left the post.

"After a very good World Cup expectations were very high but in reality the team had been in limbo for eight months," he added.

"Effectively it was left with part-time coaches, which is not the best way. That was what I walked into."