Jamie Joseph drops out of race to be next All Blacks coach

Tanya Simon
November 19, 2019

The Japanese Rugby Union has officially confirmed that Jamie Joseph signed a new contract to extend his tenure as coach of the national team.

Jamie Joseph is out of contention to become New Zealand head coach after committing his future to Japan.

Foster, who has been Hansen's head coach since 2012, and Robertson, who guided the Christchurch-based Crusaders to the Super Rugby title in each of the last three years, are now the leading candidates in a substantially weakened field.

Joseph led the Brave Blossoms to their first World Cup quarter-final this year and to an all-time high world ranking of no. 6.

Their fast-paced brand had attracted enthusiastic support from a host nation where rugby struggles for mainstream cut-through.

'We achieved the goal of the finishing in the top eight, but there are still more issues to be tackled, ' Joseph said.

Joseph's move follows that of recently returned Chiefs coach Warren Gatland, who said it would be disrepsectful for him to pursue the New Zealand job when he was already asking the Chiefs to grant him leave to coach the British and Irish Lions coach in 2021.

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"We highly appreciate that (Joseph) built up the skills of the Japan players to the world level in just three years since taking over as head coach of the men's national team on September 1, 2016", JRFU President Shigetaka Mori said in a statement.

"I look very much forward to seeing how strong the Japan team will be under the leadership of Mr Joseph", Mori said.

Meanwhile, New Zealand Rugby have congratulated Joseph on his decision to re-sign with Japan. I want to strengthen the team'.

"We wish Jamie well as he continues his work coaching the Brave Blossoms".

"We respect his decision and his abilities as a coach".

"We are looking forward to announcing the next head coach of the All Blacks next month".

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