South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus believes adding Japan into the Rugby Championship would be anintriguing proposition but fears logistical hurdles can ensure it is impossible.
The hosts lit up this seasons World Cup with a series of displays before crashing from the Springboks at Tokyo.
Even though Erasmus group are now looking forward following their victory that is 26-3 next Sunday to a showdown with Wales, the Brave Blossoms face a return to the outside limits of the game.
As a Tier Two outfit, Japan compete each year from the Pacific Nations Cup and the Asia Rugby Championship however there are calls for these to be admitted to the Rugby Championship to boost their growth using regular clashes against New Zealand, South Africa, Australia and Argentina.
But Boks coach Erasmus is not convinced the idea will take off.
He explained:It would be fascinating, I believe its a fantastic debate to have. Their kind of play could be something interesting.
But all of the queries, the weather, potential problems and solutions, negative and positive, I just wouldnt understand that. I havent actually put my thinking hat about that.
It appears like a good proposal, but it comes to if its logistically and financially possible, can it make sense in broadcasting, travel-wise?
I really do understand the brand they play is exciting and they would really fit in. However, apart from that Id be stupid to comment because Im not a part of these talks.
Japan were looking to repeat their shock win over the Springboks in the decades ago.
Their pace and energy in assault has already tripped up Ireland and Scotland in this years competition but Erasmus delivered his thick hitters and triumphed overpowering their smaller competitors.
Giant squirt Tendai Mtawarira was lucky never to be sent off for a ditch tackle on number Keita Inagaki and with that let-off the South Africans grunted their way to success later Makazole Mapimpi scored either side of a Faf De Klerk attempt.
Coach Jamie Joseph couldnt confuse his Brave Blossoms although the final scoreline was harsh on Japan.
Im just really proud of the Japan group and all the players, he said.
Weve had massive support, the players understood that and it actually helped us.
Sometimes home advantage can work against you but the support has been fantastic.
The last five minutes of the Test match revealed what kind of group this is. We still had the mindset although we were down with 20-odd points. Folks kept on becoming.
We refused to lie down and I am really proud of this as a coach. And thats something that could help us proceed after this World Cup.
I can not tell you anything about whats next but I understand Japanese infantry is in a good location now.
The players and also the new rugby they have been playing, its inspiring. The only difference is everyone.
The rugby has not altered, but currently theres been an audience. Its created a voice to your team in that regard and hopefully that will give endings for Japanese children, and that is best.
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