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Friday, 14th October 2011
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Blossoms to wave goodbye to Kirwan

The Brave Blossoms may give John Kirwan a big send off at the end of the year as the Japanese rugby coach steps down from his position.

Former All Blacks star Kirwan revealed he knew it was the right decision to not to extend his contract beyond December when he was relived to have made the decision.

He told the Daily Yomiuri: "It wasn't an easy decision but I felt it was the right time to move on. And once I had made the decision I was happy, which is a good sign."

The Kiwi leaves a strong legacy behind after taking the Japanese side to 31 victories two draws and just 22 defeats over the course of five years.

Favourite to fill the void, however, is former Wallabies coach Eddie Jones, who is currently heading Suntory Sungoliath.

Revealing he was definitely interested in the job, he told the news provider: "Getting Japan into the world's top ten is a big task, but is achievable if everyone works together."

Japan exited the 2011 Rugby World Cup during the group stages after a 23-23 draw with Canada last month.

Posted by Mark Smith  

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