Rugby World Cup: John Mitchell lands role with Japan which he will combine with Wasps duties

Adam Kyriacou

Wasps attack coach John Mitchell has landed a job with Japan as their new defence coach, which he will combine with his duties at the Premiership outfit.

Mitchell will link up with the Brave Blossoms from May as they prepare for the Rugby World Cup in 2023, looking to build on their recent tournament showings.

The New Zealander, who is the former head coach of the All Blacks, joined Wasps last summer after leaving his position under Eddie Jones with England in 2021.

Great opportunity

“I would like to thank Lee (Blackett) and the club for their co-operation in allowing me to combine this role with the work I’m already doing at Wasps,” he told Wasps’ website.

“This is a great opportunity to add value to Japan winning test matches through them loving their defence and understanding how it plays a critical part in the way we want to attack.

“I am grateful to be working with Jamie Joseph, Tony Brown, Scott Hansen, Shin Hasegawa and the outstanding coaching group preparing for the Rugby World Cup 2023 in France.”

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