Kirwan considers options
September 27, 2011
John Kirwan will take his time in deciding his next move © Getty Images
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."
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
Last year's thrashing at the hands of Wales was not the first time England have fallen to their rivals. Scrum Sevens looks at whether they have bounced back the following year
With just two rounds left in the 2014 championship, the intensity cranks up a notch at Twickenham. Tom Hamilton previews the weekend's action
"I had a perfect record against England as did a few other Welshmen. England always seemed to bring the best out of us." John Taylor on the age-old rivalry
Are the margins between the teams in the Six Nations getting smaller year-on-year? Huw Richards gives some answers