Sunday , April 11 2021

Japanese coach Joseph prays good weather at Twickenham



LONDON (AP) – Japanese coach Jamie Joseph laughed at his predecessor Eddie Jones's advice that Japan should seek divine intervention against the UK test this weekend.

Jones warned Japan that England was "absolutely ruthless" at Twickenham on Saturday, eager to "physically crush" the Japanese in response to losing in New Zealand 16-15 last weekend.

Jones, who taught Japan during 2012-2015, said that Japan would find a temple and "pray, pray, pray", but Joseph was not confused.

Joseph said he did not go to any temple, but prayed for the game without rain.

"In difficult circumstances it is difficult to get the game going, so we hope and pray for a little (good) savings," Joseph said on Monday.

"When we have a ball and guys are really excited about gambling, we have a different style of play, we're not as big as others, but we're fast."

The Japanese team looked at the England and New Zealand test on Saturday, while Joseph left the test at Twickenham, where former All Blacks found a cut and a blush.

"Such games are just what rugby I think, but I suspect that the game we're playing, how all the blacks are playing, and that there have been a few games in England, may be a bit different this weekend.

"We do not want the rain to be hard, and we have shown over the past couple of years if we can get our teams through the game," he said.

Japan is playing for England for the first time since the 1987 Rugby World Cup.

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