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Wed Apr 23 12:24:30 SAST 2014

Kirwan wants time to consider future

Jerome Pugmire, Sapa-AP | 28 September, 2011 08:340 Comments
New Zealand v Japan - IRB RWC 2011 Match 13
Japan coach John Kirwan looks on ahead of the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between New Zealand and Japan at Waikato Stadium on September 16, 2011 in Hamilton, New Zealand
Image by: Hannah Johnston / Getty Images

John Kirwan is in no hurry to make a decision over his future role in rugby.

Kirwan has been in charge of the Japan national team since 2007 and his contract is up for renewal at the end of 2011.

Japan’s Rugby World Cup campaign came to an end with Tuesday’s 23-23 draw with Canada, leaving it without a win at the tournament since 1991.

Japanese media reports after the match quoted Japan rugby general manager Osamu Ota as saying it was time to look for new leadership.

Kirwan told The Associated Press that “I’ll make some decisions after the World Cup” because “I don’t want to take anything away from this tournament.”   

Should he leave Japan, Kirwan hinted at a future in international, rather than club rugby.

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