Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Friday, July 20, 2018 03:19:31 AM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Japan 'on track' to make Rugby World Cup history

By
28th-Jun-2018       
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

AFP, Tokyo :
Japan rugby coach Jamie Joseph said Wednesday his team were capable of making history by reaching the quarter- finals at next year's World Cup.
The 2019 tournament hosts blanked Georgia 28-0 last weekend to complete a busy month of home Tests with a second victory after splitting a two-match series with Italy.
It was the first time Japan had held a side ranked in the world's top 12 scoreless, but it was the character shown by the Brave Blossoms in bouncing back from their second-Test loss to Italy that prompted a rare display of bravado from Joseph.
"During the Italy Tests we showed glimpses of our brand of rugby - players executing with confidence and making great decisions," the former All Black told reporters.
"But the Georgia Test showed the commitment and alignment of the team, and we are starting to build exactly the type of character we need in preparation for the World Cup," added Joseph, who tipped his side to "achieve something great" next year.
"If we make the last eight it would be a great achievement and I do think we are on track - if the players are willing to put their bodies on the line. My job is to find a way to win, to find a way to create confidence for the players."
Japan, once the whipping boys of the World Cup, posted three victories at the 2015 tournament under current England coach Eddie Jones, including an astonishing 34-32 upset over two-time world champions South Africa.
Their form dipped initially after Joseph took over in 2016 but the Japanese have shown genuine improvement over the past year, particularly in a 23-23 tango with France in Paris last November - a match they really should have won.
"I don't feel relief," insisted the 48-year-old, after clear signs Japan have turned the corner.
"If you believe in what you're doing and what you're doing is right, you just keep on going."
Joseph has had a testing year of double duties after taking charge of the Tokyo-based Sunwolves, but he credited the Super Rugby competition for toughening up his players.
"That's one of the biggest reasons why we are starting to improve," he said, mindful of critics who called for the Sunwolves to be booted out of the competition after a torrid first two seasons.
"Super Rugby is the toughest competition in the world and 100 percent I believe we need to continue our involvement in Super Rugby if we want to be competitive on the world stage."
Japan take on Ireland, Scotland, Russia and a play-off winner in Pool A at next year's World Cup but Joseph warned his players they will need to stop conceding "soft" penalties if they hope to reach the knockout stage.
"We let ourselves down (in the second game) against Italy," he said.
"If we are going to beat Ireland and Scotland at the World Cup, it's going to come down to moments - and we can't afford soft moments like that."

Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

International »

Trump-Putin summit: Democrats call for interpreter to testify


BBC Online :US opposition politicians are calling for Donald Trump's interpreter to testify before Congress about his summit talks with Vladimir Putin.The lead Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Robert Menendez, called for Marina Gross to be subpoenaed to appear at the committee.Controversy has raged over the summit, with ...

Sports »

Minnesota United forward Christian Ramirez (21) is congratulated by teammate Alexi Gomez (32) after his goal during the first half of an MLS soccer match against the New England Revolution in Minneapolis on Wednesday.


Sports »

Ciara (left) and Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson present the award for best female athlete to snowboarder Chloe Kim at the ESPY Awards at Microsoft Theater on Wednesday in Los Angeles.


Editorial »

Wise men around the govt deliberately misinterpreting the judgement


THE government has been referring to a Supreme Court "order" on the reservation of 30 percent quota for the children of freedom fighters for the last few days, arguing that it cannot be changed. But the fact is that it was an observation of the court and the government has ...

City »

Teachers and students of the city`s Motijheel Ideal School and College showing victory (V) sign for brilliant results of the institution in the HSC examination on its campus on Thursday.


Entertainment »

Runa Laila receives Personality Award today


Entertainment Report :Internationally renowned singer Runa Laila is going to receive Personality Award today. She will receive the award at 6:00pm at Hotel Sonargaon. Since 1996 Shako Telefilm has been awarding different cultural personalities for their contributions. As a part of its continuation, Runa Laila will receive the award. Nazmul ...

City »

Bangladesh Sammilita Peshajibi Parishad formed a human chain in front of the Jatiya Press Club on Wednesday demanding unconditional release and proper treatment of Begum Khaleda Zia.


Editorial »

Public money and gold are not safe, it is a national disgrace


Bangladesh Bank on Tuesday refuted the allegation that one of the gold bars kept in its highly secured vault by the customs department was adulterated. Following a report published by a vernacular daily that quoted Customs Intelligence Investigation Department report, the central bank comes up with the observation that "the ...

Football »

French World Cup victors show triumph of diversity: Obama


AFP, Johannesburg :Former US president Barack Obama on Tuesday singled out the African heritage of many players in France's World Cup-winning football team in a speech paying tribute to Nelson Mandela.Speaking in Johannesburg to mark 100 years since Mandela's birth, Obama said that embracing diversity "delivers practical benefits since it ...

Football »

Maurizio Sarri, the new Chelsea soccer team manager, holds up a jersey during a press conference for his official presentation at Stamford Bridge stadium in London on Wednesday.


Entertainment »

Former supermodel Tapur Chatterji turns entrepreneur


In the ever-changing landscape of contemporary times, there’s more career crossover now than ever before. Granddaughter of veteran film director Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Tapur Chatterji who made a mark as of India’s most formative supermodels in 90’s has recently forayed into design and interiors and launched her own entrepreneur outfit. With ...

International »

Thai cave boys leave hospital ahead of press conference


AFP :Twelve boys and their football coach who survived a highly dangerous and dramatic rescue from a flooded Thai cave were discharged from hospital Wednesday ahead of a press conference where they will tell their incredible story for the first time.An AFP correspondent on the scene saw the team, who ...

Entertainment »

Elnaaz surprised by Salman -Katrina controversy about Sacred Games


Actress Elnaaz Norouzi is surprised that there is a controversy about the characters of Karan Wahi and her in the Netflix series Sacred Games. The characters are alleged to have taken inspiration from real life incidents in Salman Khan and his ex-girlfriend Katrina Kaif's real lives.  "While shooting the episodes, ...

Entertainment »

Vidya Balan is all set to play her first Telugu film!


One can't refute the fact that Vidya Balan is one of the most versatile actresses in Indian Cinema today. The National Award Winning actress has never shied away from going off the beaten track and picking up complex and challenging roles. Needless to say, she has effortlessly nailed them all ...

Football »

Mbappe to donate US $500,000 World Cup winnings to charity


Sports Desk :French teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe will be donating his entire World Cup earnings to a charity that organises sporting events for children with disabilities.The 19-year-old reportedly earned about US$22,300 per game in the tournament and an additional US$350,000 for helping his country lift the World Cup trophy on ...

 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news