Japan coach Jamie Joseph said that despite "a mass of problems," his team was preparing to scale Mount Everest at the Rugby World Cup.

Japan is ranked 14th in the world — below three of the four teams in its group — and lost three of its four warmups, including a 42-21 beating by Italy in Treviso, Italy, in the final game.

Joseph reportedly showed his squad a picture of Mount Everest as a form of motivation for the World Cup.