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Japan coach Jones hospitalised

Former Australia coach Eddie Jones has been admitted to hospital in Tokyo after reportedly showing signs of a stroke.

The 53-year-old is head coach of the Japan national team and had been preparing his players to face world champions New Zealand on November 2.

Japan Rugby Football Union general manager Kensuke Iwabuchi named a 32-man squad on Wednesday, with a statement saying Jones was "forced to miss the press conference through illness".

Former South Africa coach Jake White told the website www.keo.co.za: "He is in intensive care and he currently doesn't have movement on his left side, but he is talking - and typical of Eddie, it's about the challenge of the All Blacks and the subsequent European tour.

"My understanding is he will be in intensive care for at least the next week."

Jones, who coached Australia to the 2003 World Cup final when the Wallabies were beaten by England in Sydney, worked with White during South Africa's 2007 World Cup-winning campaign.

Jones also worked for a spell as Saracens' rugby director, and he was appointed as Japan's head coach last year, with the highlight of his reign so far being a first victory over Wales four months ago.

After tackling the All Blacks, Japan are due to travel to Europe for appointments with Scotland on November 9, Gloucester three days later, then Russia in Colwyn Bay and finally Spain in Madrid on November 23.

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