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Jaimie Joseph looking forward to Rising

By Fraser Stewart

The ex All Black and Cherry Blossom is hoping to build on past performances

The Japan Wolfpack is looking to maintain their momentum when they play against the Rising on Friday night.

The Wolfpack will conclude their training camp in Australia on Friday with the game against the Melbourne Rising the final leg of their tour.

Former All Black and Cherry Blossom Jaimie Joseph who is also coach of the Japan national team, said the team will be ready for action even though it's been a short week.

"We travelled (to Melbourne) on Monday so we have only had a couple of days training," Joseph told Moorabbin Rams.

"This is the last of our six games. We lost against the Hurricanes but our next four games we have won so we want to go out and put a good performance on Friday."

Joseph made 20 appearances for the All Blacks and made nine appearances for Japan has gone on to a successful coaching career as he coached the Highlanders from 2010-2016 and the Sunwolves from 2017-2018.

In 2015, he coached the Highlanders to a maidenSuper Rugby title when they defeated the Hurricanes.

He then took charge of the Japan national team a year later in 2016.

The dual international spoke high praise about the club's facilities they have ben using all week.

"The facilities have been outstanding," he said.

"We were welcomed really well by some of the club guys on the first day who used the club rooms...and it's been close to the gym we have been using."

Joseph said excitement is building in Japan ahead of one the biggest sporting events in the world.

"We are just building towards the world cup and it's been good," he said.

"We have been away for a little while but it's starting to heat up now.

"It's starting to get exciting with more media attention and everything is starting to move forward now.

Updated 14:47 - 16 May 2019 by Fraser Stewart

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