Former Toshiba Fuchu manager Shogo Mukai has been named coach of the Japanese national rugby team, taking over from Seiji Hirao who resigned late last month, officials of the Japan Rugby Football Union said Friday.

The JRFU, however, will look for a foreign coach to team up with the 39-year-old Mukai, who led Toshiba Fuchu to the national title for three successive years from 1997.

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