Japan bow out as Kirwan considers his options
Japan exit the 2011 Rugby World Cup without a win and bottom of Pool A but that doesn’t tell the full story as their coach John Kirwan rightly pointed out after a thrilling 23-23 draw with Canada.
“I’m proud of the boys, they are a great group of guys and they are really committed to what we are trying to do and they’ve tried their hearts out all tournament.”
Kirwan was aiming for two wins at the tournament and felt slightly aggrieved they let Canada back into the match after leading 17-10 at half-time, “There were a few errors today and the second half cost us, which was disappointing as we had a good lead and needed to capitalise on that which we didn’t.”
“They’ve worked really hard for four years so a lot of them are disappointed obviously as I am for them, when you work so hard towards a World Cup it’s pretty tough.”
The former All Black will now take some time off to consider his future, "I'm off contract. I'm going to take a few weeks off and look at my options," said Kirwan.
"I love being at World Cups and I love the international stage. I have to wait to get an offer. I think clubs in Europe. Staying in Japan, coming home. They're all options. It just depends on what's the right one.”
Watch the interview in the video player above