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“While We Are Celebrating, A Lot Of People Are Suffering” – Joseph

Jamie Joseph

Japan head coach Jamie Joseph began his post-match press conference by paying tribute to those who lost their lives as a result of destructive Typhoon Hagibis. 

The Typhoon has caused significant damage to Japan over the weekend and three matches at the Rugby World Cup were cancelled as a result.

Japan’s clash with Scotland was allowed to go ahead thanks to the hard efforts of organisers and volunteers with the reward being a scintillating game of rugby which will live long in the memory.

Although Japan’s victory is monumental, it is also bittersweet because of the destruction caused by the typhoon throughout the country.

Jamie Joseph
Japan head coach Jamie Joseph

“I think it is important to acknowledge what went on last night with regards to the typhoon,” Joseph said.

“We woke up this morning and nine people had been killed and 12 missing and are still missing.

“We talked about that as a team. Sometimes those sorts of things can be overwhelming, but I think it came out in the mix today. While we are celebrating, a lot of people are suffering.”

Joseph paid respect to his side’s opponents in what was a gripping Test match.

“Scotland were unbelievable. They took it to us from the start and scored. It was the tenacity I guess of our team at crucial parts of the test which helped. The fact we were playing at a home World Cup – we can feel and see the level of support.”

Inspirational captain Michael Leitch also revealed that today’s game was an opportunity to inspire the country.

Jamie Joseph
Michael Leitch

“Before the match started at the team hotel, the players already knew how this game was more than just us, that a lot of people suffered in the typhoon for this game to happen. There were guys up late last night with sponges.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to inspire Japan and we showed that for 80 minutes tonight.”

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Author: Sean McMahon

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