Japanese Rugby
Eddie Jones released from intensive care
October 25, 2013
Eddie Jones has been integral to the growth of rugby in Japan © Getty Images

Former Wallabies coach Eddie Jones has been released from intensive care after the stroke that left him with minor difficulties moving his left limbs, but he will miss miss the Brave Blossoms tour of Europe, in his role as national team coach, having previously announced he would miss Japan's Test against the All Blacks on November 2.

Jones, 53, was hospitalised after complaining of a headache following a flight back to Tokyo from an inspection of the Brave Blossoms' domestic training camp.

"I feel sorry for causing such worries at an important time as we prepare for a game against All Blacks and a tour," Jones said in a Japanese-language statement released by the Japan Rugby Union.

Japan will be coached in Jones' absence by Scott Wisemantel, a former Wallabies skills coach who serves as a technical adviser for the Japan squad, the union said.

"He understands the Japan way best," Jone said.

"It would have been good if I could lead the team by myself, but I'm sure Wisey will lead the team in the right direction. I believe Wisey, the other staff and the players led by [captain Toshiaki] Hirose will astonish the world through the Japan way."

The All Blacks will play Japan at Tokyo's Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground, in their first Test on Japanese soil. The Brave Blossoms will then leave for their European tour the day after the Test. They will take on Scotland on November 9, Gloucester on November 12 and Russia in Colwyn Bay on November 15. They will finish the tour with a Test against Spain in Madrid on November 23.


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