Saturday 19 October 2019

Joseph adds voice to criticism of Irish scrum

Japan head coach Jamie Joseph. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Japan head coach Jamie Joseph. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

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Jamie Joseph has doubled down on Japan's claims that Ireland scrummage illegally.

Head coach Joseph backed up prop Yusuke Kizu's accusation that Ireland prop Cian Healy "steps out" and scrummages in at an illegal angle.

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt offered a frustrated response to Kizu yesterday, insisting his side have one of the least-penalised scrums in the Test arena.

But after Japan had named their team, Joseph refused to back away from Kizu's comments about Ireland's scrum.

"I think first thing, Kizu is a young man, probably his first media experience, so that would be the first thing around Kizu," said Joseph.

"We're coming up against a very strong scrum.

"Yes, at times they are illegal, but at all times they are a very strong scrum.

"We know that's a difficult part of the game, but we've really improved our scrum and lineout recently. And it's an area we've been focusing on all week."

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