South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus considers adding Japan to the Rugby Championship would be an”interesting” proposition but fears logistical hurdles will allow it to be impossible.
Before crashing out to the Springboks the hosts lit up this year’s World Cup with a string of daring displays.
While Erasmus’ team are now looking forward to a semi-final showdown with Wales following their 26-3 triumph, the Brave Blossoms face a return to the limits of this game.
As a Tier Two ensemble, Japan compete annually at the Pacific Nations Cup and also the Asia Rugby Championship however there are calls for these to be admitted to the Rugby Championship to boost their growth with regular clashes against New Zealand, South Africa, Australia and Argentina.
But Boks coach Erasmus isn’t convinced that the idea will take off.
He explained:”It would be fascinating, I believe that it’s a good debate to have. Their kind of play could be something intriguing.
“But all of the queries, the weather, potential problems and solutions, negative and positive, I simply would not know that. I have not really put my thinking hat about that.
“It looks like a fantastic proposal, but then it comes to whether it is logistically and financially possible, would it make sense in broadcasting, or travel-wise?
“I do understand the brand that they play is exciting and they would really fit in. However, apart from that I’d be dumb to comment because I’m not part of those talks.”
Japan were seeking to replicate their shock win over the Springboks in the decades back.
Their relentless speed and vitality in assault has tripped up Scotland and Ireland in this season’s competition but his hitters were sent by Erasmus and succeeded in overpowering their smaller competitors.
Giant squirt Tendai Mtawarira was blessed not to be shipped off for a shocking dump attack on reverse amount Keita Inagaki and that let-off after Makazole Mapimpi scored either side of a Faf De Klerk try the South Africans grunted their way.
The final scoreline was harsh on Japan but coach Jamie Joseph couldn’t fault his Brave Blossoms.
“I am just really proud of the Japan group and most of the players,” he said.
“We’ve had massive aid, the players knew and it actually helped us.
“Occasionally home advantage can work against you but the support has been fantastic.
“The last five minutes of the Test match showed what sort of group this is. We had been down by points however we had the never-say-die mindset. Folks kept on getting up.
“We refused to lie and I’m very proud of this as a trainer. And that.
“I can’t tell you anything about what is next but I understand Japanese infantry is in a good spot now.
“The players and the new rugby they’ve been playing, it’s inspiring. The only difference is everyone.
“The rugby has not changed, but now there’s been a audience. It’s made a voice for your team in that respect and hopefully that’ll give endings for Japanese children, and that is ideal.”
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