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Rugby World Cup
Kirwan considers options
ESPNscrum Staff
September 27, 2011
Japan coach and All Black legend John Kirwan, June 8 2008
John Kirwan will take his time in deciding his next move © Getty Images
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John Kirwan refused to be drawn on his immediate future following Japan's exit from the Rugby World Cup.

The Brave Blossoms drew 23-23 with Canada in their final match in Pool A, following defeats to New Zealand, Tonga and France. Kirwan's contract as Japan head coach expires at the end of the Rugby World Cup and he refused to confirm whether he would be staying on with Japan or seeking a role elsewhere.

"I'm off-contract. I'm going to take a few weeks off and look at some options, probably wait until the end of the World Cup," Kirwan said. "I love international football, it really excites me. It's fantastic, I love being here, I love being at World Cups and love the international stage. I've got to wait until I get an offer.

"It's been an exciting and great four years with the Japanese team. There is still a lot of work to do over there. Clubs in Europe, coming home to New Zealand, or staying with Japan, they're all options."

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