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Japan rugby coach Jones returns from stroke

November 29, 2013

TOKYO (AP) — Japan national rugby coach Eddie Jones made his first public appearance on Friday since suffering a stroke in October.

The 53-year-old Jones was hospitalized on Oct. 15 after complaining of a severe headache while checking a training camp site. He was released from hospital on Nov. 23.

Jones met with reporters at the Japan Rugby Football Union headquarters on Friday, saying “I am at about 98 percent now.”

Jones, who coached Australia to the 2003 Rugby World Cup final, has been set the challenging task of improving Japanese rugby as the country prepares to host the 2019 World Cup.

Japan is currently 14th in the world rankings and Jones said on Friday he wants his team to crack the top 10 within two years.

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