Japan rugby head coach Jamie Joseph is ready to leave his post after the World Cup in France, sources familiar with the matter said Friday.

The 53-year-old from New Zealand initially had opted to stay on after his second World Cup with the Brave Blossoms but negotiations did not go smoothly, according to the sources.

In March, Masato Tsuchida, president of the Japan Rugby Football Union, called Joseph the No. 1 candidate for the team beyond the Rugby World Cup, to be held between Sept. 8 and Oct. 28.

Joseph became the Brave Blossoms' head coach in 2016 and came up with their best-ever World Cup result three years later, a quarterfinal finish on home soil. He then extended his contract.

During his active years, Joseph played for the All Blacks at the 1995 World Cup and for Japan at the 1999 World Cup.

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