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Last Updated: Monday, 13 October, 2003, 12:13 GMT 13:13 UK
Japanese tipped for Super 12
ARU boss John O'Neill
O'Neill has predicted a bright rugby future for Japan
Japan could have a side in the Super 12 series in future, according to the head of the Australian Rugby Union.

ARU chief executive John O'Neill was so impressed by their display against Scotland he said he also planned for more top-level rugby between Japan and Australia.

He said: "Potentially we're looking at a competition below Super 12. Maybe down the track you wouldn't exclude a Japanese team being included in Super 12."

The Japanese walked away 32-11 losers to Scotland on Sunday but impressed many with their style of rugby.

"Japan showed they are here to play, and with the help of very good coaching, they play a very nice brand of rugby," added O'Neill. "The crowd really got their money's worth.

"We have a very good dialogue with Japan, a very good relationship with the Japan Rugby Union.

"We are looking at ways and means of bringing them into our competitions."





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