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Rugby: Joseph’s 1st diversion as Japan manager to be opposite Argentina in Tokyo

New Japan manager Jamie Joseph is set for a benediction of glow after it was announced his initial diversion in assign will be opposite Argentina, a nation he won a final of his 9 Japan caps against.

The Japan Rugby Football Union reliable a tie Wednesday observant it would be played on Nov. 5 during Tokyo’s Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground, kicking off during 2:40 p.m.

The diversion will be partial of a bustling month for Joseph and a Brave Blossoms as they afterwards transport to Europe to play Georgia on Nov. 12, Wales a week after and Fiji in Vannes, France, on Nov. 26.

Japan are now ranked 12th in a world, while Wales are fifth, Fiji 10th and Georgia 11th.

“The fourth-place finishers during final year’s Rugby World Cup are entrance to Japan and we wish to acquire them with all a hearts, and along with them, we wish for an glorious diversion between them and Japan’s inhabitant team,” JRFU authority Noriyuki Sakamoto pronounced in a press release.

“Argentina assimilated a Southern Hemisphere Rugby Championship in 2012, and have grown from that. This year, Argentina’s Jaguares also began personification in Super Rugby, and Argentina is proof to be a nation that Japan’s rugby village has many things to learn from.”

“Argentina will be a estimable competition in new manager Jamie Joseph’s initial game, a norm competition for a inhabitant team. We wish to take on this plea with honour in ourselves as Japanese.”

The diversion with Los Pumas, now ranked seventh in a universe following their win over South Africa final weekend, was creatively rumored to have been scheduled for a venue in Europe.

Sources in Buenos Aires contend a Argentines are not happy about drifting to Tokyo before roving to Europe for their possess three-week tour. But it is accepted they are being paid a price for their Japan excursion.

The dual sides have played 5 times before with Los Pumas winning four, 3 in Argentina and one in Wales during Rugby World Cup 1999 – a diversion that saw Joseph wear a red and white hoops of Japan for a final time, carrying formerly won 20 caps for a All Blacks.

Japan’s solitary win came in Tokyo during Chichibunomiya in 1998, when a hosts won 44-29.

With a initial half of a Top League deteriorate not finishing until a weekend of Oct. 29-30, Joseph, who will be assisted by Tony Brown, will have small time to familiarise himself with a squad.

==Kyodo

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