'Shown the world they're top tier' – All Blacks impressed by Japan's RWC performance

Japan's Brave Blossoms have left a mark on both the All Blacks and the rest of the rugby world, following their incredible World Cup campaign, according to Sam Cane.

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The Brave Blossoms made history at the World Cup, before being eliminated last night. Source: 1 NEWS

Coached by Kiwi Jamie Joseph, Japan made history by becoming the first Asian side to reach the knockout stage of a World Cup, advancing top of Pool A with wins over Ireland and Scotland.

Although Japan's tournament ended last night with a 26-3 defeat to South Africa, their journey will be remembered for a long time, winning admirers both at home and internationally.

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Japan’s influence at RWC 2019 will reach far beyond the tournament’s end. Source: 1 NEWS

Speaking to media this afternoon, Cane was asked for his take on Japan's remarkable run, complimentary of what he saw.

"Overall, I think they've shown the world that they're [a] truly top tier, competitive nation," Cane said.

"The brand of rugby that they're playing is exciting, and they should be really proud."