Jamie Joseph is out of the running to coach the All Blacks after he inked a new deal to remain in charge of Japan through to the end of the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
Joseph’s contract extension was unveiled by the Japan Rugby Football Union on Monday and ends any chance of him succeeding Steve Hansen at the helm of New Zealand.
The New Zealander guided the Brave Blossoms to a first ever World Cup quarterfinal, the hosts topping their pool after upset victories over both Ireland and Scotland.
Japan were beaten by eventual champions South Africa, but only after they had tested the Springboks well into the second half.
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