Japanese rugby's governing body has decided to officially ask the national team's head coach, Jamie Joseph, to stay in the post after leading the side to the best eight in the World Cup for the first time ever.
The president of the Japan Rugby Football Union, Shigetaka Mori, told reporters that a panel made the decision on Thursday. The decision was reportedly unanimous.
Mori said the union began discussions with Joseph last year about extending his contract.
The current contract expires in December. The union plans to offer Joseph a new contract to cover the four years until the 2023 World Cup. The payment and terms for the new contract will have to be negotiated.
Before the World Cup opened, the New Zealand native is said to have suggested his willingness to continue coaching the Japan side. But observers say Joseph may now receive offers to coach other teams.