Joseph has 'out-Eddied Eddie'

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Having to follow in the footsteps of former coach Eddie Jones' side beating South Africa at the 2015 World Cup, an achievement now the subject of a film, Joseph has been described by The Times as possibly 'out-Eddieing Eddie' as Japan await their fate on Sunday.


Needing to beat Scotland in the last scheduled pool game of the tournament to finish top of the pool, Japan and the rest of the world are waiting to see if Typhoon Hagibis will allow the game to be played.


"For all the wonders that Jones performed with Japan four years ago, he did not get them to a quarterfinal. Joseph may well do now. He is one super typhoon-cancelled game away from certainty," it said.


The newspaper noted that Joseph could not be less like Jones if he tried.


"You would not have known that yesterday if you had witnessed Joseph's blistering public attack on the media and Scotland. It was the kind of simmeringly angry delivery of which Jones would be proud," it said.


Joseph had executed his World Cup plan 'quite brilliantly'. He was a proud man and he made it plain in his press conference that he felt his side was entitled to respect for their achievements.


In looking into Joseph's background, there was the inevitable coverage of the incident during his 20-Test career with a stamping incident that broke England halfback Kyran Bracken's ankle and then his switch to playing club rugby in Japan which resulted in his playing for Japan at the 1999 World Cup.


His move into coaching was noted, especially after the Highlanders won the Super Rugby title in 2015.


"His best coaching work was always done in tandem with Tony Brown, the former All Blacks No 10. While Joseph was old-school gruff, Brown was a modernist. They complemented each other. Brown soon followed Joseph from [the] Highlanders to Japan and there the plan for this World Cup was laid.


"When Joseph was beseeching the world to respect his team's achievements yesterday, he said that they had not come by chance, but after more than 200 days in camp this year. No other team have prepared as long," the Times said.


Asking Japan captain Michael Leitch for his opinion, he replied: "He's tough, he's direct. He's a great coach, one of the best I've had. He gets straight to the point, he doesn't beat about the bush. He's had a great impact on this team."


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