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New Japan national rugby team head coach Jamie Joseph has warned fans to expect pain before pleasure as he builds toward the 2019 World Cup on home soil.

“I guess there are not many coaches who would come into an international coaching job and accept a program that is going to be very, very difficult from the start,” New Zealander Joseph said in Tokyo on Monday in his first press conference since taking charge of the Brave Blossoms. “But what’s more important for me is the development of the team rather than my reputation.

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