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Japan rugby head coach Eddie Jones attends a news conference at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo on Wednesday.
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Mar 13, 2024
Eddie Jones aims to make Japan a top four side and find rugby's Ohtani
Jones takes over Japan for a second spell after a calamitous, short-lived stint with Australia.
Former South Africa player Victor Matfield will join Japan in a coaching role ahead of the nation's upcoming slate of test matches.
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Feb 12, 2024
Former Springboks captain Victor Matfield to join Brave Blossoms as consultant
Matfield was a star second-rower for the 2007 Rugby World Cup-winning Springboks team that employed Eddie Jones as an adviser to coach Jake White.
Brave Blossoms head coach Eddie Jones gives instructions to players at a training camp in Fukuoka on Wednesday.
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Feb 8, 2024
Eddie Jones raring to push Japan to top with new high-octane style
The 64-year-old former England and Australia head coach returned in January to take charge of the Brave Blossoms.
Japan's Dylan Riley (right) attempts to evade England's Joe Marler during their match at the 2023 Rugby World Cup in Nice, France, on Sept. 17, 2023.
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Jan 26, 2024
Brave Blossoms to face England at Twickenham in November
The match will be Japan's first visit to the west London venue since November 2022.
At a news conference at a hotel in Tokyo on Monday, Japan's new rugby head coach Eddie Jones outlined a vision of a playing style emphasizing rapid movements and decision-making for the Brave Blossoms.
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Jan 16, 2024
Jones reveals vision of 'superfast rugby' taking Japan to top
Jones said Japanese players' size necessitates a playing style emphasizing rapid movement and decision-making.
Newly appointed Japan head coach Eddie Jones after a news conference in Tokyo on Thursday.
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Dec 15, 2023
Eddie Jones envisions united Japanese rugby world
The 63-year-old laid out a vision in which the country's divided rugby world is united in a mission to give the Brave Blossoms sustained success.
Eddie Jones at a news conference after being named as Japan rugby head coach in Tokyo on Thursday
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Dec 14, 2023
No guilt for Eddie Jones after taking Japan job
Jones quit his native Australia after leading them to a dismal showing at the Rugby World Cup.
Japan head coach Eddie Jones celebrates after the team's victory over the U.S. at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
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Dec 14, 2023
Make friends, start winning again: Eddie Jones' to-do list
Here are five challenges facing 63-year-old Eddie Jones as he returns to the Brave Blossoms.
Japan head coach Eddie Jones before a game against Scotland at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Jones will be returning to the post, the Japan Rugby Football Union announced Wednesday.
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Dec 14, 2023
Wounded Eddie Jones has plenty to prove on Japan return
The 63-year-old is revered in Japan for masterminding their "Miracle of Brighton" win over South Africa at the 2015 World Cup.
Eddie Jones is set to become the head coach of the Brave Blossoms six weeks after the Australian quit the Wallabies following their dismal showing at the World Cup.
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Dec 13, 2023
Eddie Jones named as Japan head coach, ending weeks of speculation
Jones will officially commence his duties from Jan. 1, the Japan Rugby Football Union said on its website.
Australia rugby union coach Eddie Jones poses with Rugby Australia Chairman Hamish McLennan and CEO Andy Marinos after his first news conference since his reappointment, in Sydney on Jan. 31. Jones left the Wallabies in October.
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Dec 12, 2023
Australia to have strong Japan ties regardless of Jones: RA boss
Japanese media outlets have reported that Eddie Jones will be confirmed as head coach of the Brave Blossoms in the coming days.
Japan hooker Shota Horie carries the ball in a match against Russia in the pool stage of the 2019 Rugby World Cup
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Dec 6, 2023
Dreadlocked Japanese fan favorite Horie to retire from rugby
The 37-year-old hooker, instantly recognizable for his long dreadlocks tied up in bunches, has won 76 caps for Japan and is a crowd favorite.
Eddie Jones, who coached Australia at the 2023 Rugby World Cup, has been linked with a return to Japan.
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Nov 13, 2023
Eddie Jones expects to land new job by January
Jones has been heavily linked with a return to Japan.
Former Brave Blossoms head coach Eddie Jones speaks during an interview in Yokohama on Tuesday.
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Nov 8, 2023
Jones interested in coaching Japan again if opportunity arises
Former Japan rugby head coach Eddie Jones said Tuesday that he is interested in coaching the Brave Blossoms again but — so far — he has not received an offer.
Japan had hoped to progress to the knockout phase of the Rugby World Cup on international soil for the first time.
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Oct 10, 2023
Japanese rugby faces murky future following World Cup exit
The 2019 Rugby World Cup, and all that it promised, feels like a long time ago after the Brave Blossoms' pool-stage exit in France.
The Brave Blossoms leave the pitch after their loss to Argentina at the Rugby World Cup in Nantes, France, on Sunday.
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Oct 9, 2023
Japan shows heart in bittersweet finale at Rugby World Cup
Japan's hopes at the Rugby World Cup were dashed in a thrilling match against Argentina.
Japan's Amato Fakatava moves the ball against Argentina's Mateo Carreras during their 2023 Rugby World Cup Pool D finale in Nantes, France, on Sunday.
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Oct 8, 2023
Brave Blossoms' quarterfinal hopes dashed by Argentina
Mateo Carreras scored a hat trick of tries as the Pumas finished as Pool D runners-up behind England.
Japan fullback Lomano Lemeki breaks free from Samoa's Ben Lam during their Pool D match at the Rugby World Cup in Toulouse, France, on Sept. 28.
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Oct 7, 2023
Brave Blossoms braced for climactic showdown against Argentina
The winner of the match will advance to the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals.
Japan head coach Jamie Joseph holds a news conference last month in Toulouse, France.
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Oct 6, 2023
Japan coach Joseph makes just one change for Argentina showdown
Coach Jamie Joseph has largely kept faith with the side that beat Samoa 28-22 last time out, with just Fifita Siosaia replacing Jone Naikabula.
Dylan Riley is representing Japan at the Rugby World Cup six years after arriving in the country for a tryout with the Saitama Wild Knights.
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Oct 6, 2023
Dylan Riley embodying Japan's former 'One Team' motto at World Cup
Dylan Riley is representing his adopted country at the highest level just six years after arriving.

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