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'So proud of my team' - Jamie Joseph reflects on Japan's historic World Cup

Jamie Joseph has thanked his Japan side, after their exit from the Rugby World Cup, losing 26-3 in their quarter-final against South Africa.

Joseph's Brave Blossoms are the first Asian side to make it through to the final stages of a Rugby World Cup, the coach emotional after the final whistle in Tokyo.

"I'm just so proud of my team," Joseph said.

Joseph continued to praise his side's efforts even when the game had slipped out of their hands.

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Japan's Kiwi skipper paid tribute to his side's supporters after the 26-3 defeat to South Africa. Source: Spark Sport RWC

"The courage, the tenacity and certainly the determination.

"I really have to take my hat off to the team."

After an unbeaten run through the pool stages, Japan went down to a strong Springboks side, who ran away with it in the second half after a close first 40 minutes. 

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South Africa ended Japan's dream run with a 26-3 quarter-final victory. Source: Spark Sport RWC