Japan national Rugby union team head coach Eddie Jones is currently confined in a hospital after signs of mild stroke. Jones was brought to the hospital Tuesday night as he complained of a headache following an inspection of the team’s training camp.
According to a spokeswoman from the Japan Rugby Football Union, Jones was with the team’s staff when he complained of headache. The staff was also with him when he was brought to a hospital in Tokyo. “The doctors said he was showing signs of a light cerebral infarction and he was hospitalized for examination,” the spokeswoman added. “Cerebral infarction” is the medical term for stroke.
Brave Blossoms General Manager Kensuke Iwabuchi told the media that Jones “has no problem with communicating.” According to Jake White, former South Africa coach and is a close friend of Jones, “He is in intensive care and he currently doesn’t have movement on his left side but he is talking.” However, the former Australian coach has to remain in intensive care for routine tests and, according to a union official, the head coach will be “moved to a general ward in a few days.”
Jones was confined the same day the 32-man squad for the All Blacks test on November 2 was announced. The same squad will also represent the Brave Blossoms on their four-game tour in Europe, also next month.