Japan 3-26 South Africa: Rassie Erasmus open to Brave Blossoms joining Rugby Championship
South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus believes adding Japan into the Rugby Championship would be aninteresting proposal but worries logistical hurdles can allow it to be impossible.
The hosts lit up this years World Cup with a string of displays before crashing from the Springboks.
While Erasmus group are now looking forward after their victory that is 26-3 following Sunday to a semi-final showdown with Wales, the Brave Blossoms confront a return to the outer limits of this game.
As a Tier Two ensemble, Japan compete each year at the Pacific Nations Cup and also the Asia Rugby Championship but there are calls for these to be admitted to the Rugby Championship to improve their growth with regular clashes from New Zealand, South Africa, Australia and Argentina.
However, Boks coach Erasmus is not convinced that the idea will take off.
He said:Itd be fascinating, I believe its a good debate to have. Their type of play could be something intriguing.
But then all the questions, the weather, possible problems and solutions, negative and positive, I just would not know that. I havent really put my thinking hat about that.
It appears like a good proposal, but then it comes to whether its logistically and financially possible, can it make sense in broadcasting, travel-wise?
I really do know the brand they play is exciting and theyd really fit in. However, apart from that I would be dumb to comment because I am not part of these talks.
Japan looked to replicate their shock win over the Springboks from four decades ago.
Their constant pace and energy in attack has already tripped up Scotland and Ireland in this years contest but his hitters were delivered out by Erasmus and succeeded in overpowering their competitors.
Giant squirt Tendai Mtawarira was blessed not to be sent for a shocking ditch attack on number Keita Inagaki and with that let-off later Makazole Mapimpi scored either side of a Faf De Klerk try, that the South Africans grunted their way.
The scoreline was harsh on Japan but trainer Jamie Joseph could not confuse his Brave Blossoms.
Im just really proud of the Japan group and most of the players, he said.
We have had enormous aid, the players understood that and it really helped us.
Occasionally home benefit may work against you personally but the support was fantastic.
The last five minutes of that Test match showed what sort of team this is. We had the never-say-die mindset although we had been down with points. Folks just kept on getting up.
We refused to lie down and Im really proud of that as a coach. And that.
I can not tell you anything about what is next but I know Japanese rugby is in a fantastic spot now.
The players and also the new rugby theyve been playing with, its inspiring. The only difference is everybody is observing us.
The rugby has not altered, but currently theres been a audience. It is created a voice to your group in that respect and hopefully thatll give excellence for Japanese children, and that is best.