In hospital: Former Wallabies coach Eddie Jones, who is now in charge of Japan. Photo: David Rogers
TOKYO: Former Wallabies coach and current coach of Japan, Eddie Jones, has been taken to hospital with signs of a minor stroke.
The 53-year-old Australian complained of a headache late on Tuesday when he returned to Tokyo from an inspection of the Brave Blossoms' training camp for their Test against the All Blacks in Tokyo on November 2, Japan Rugby Football Union officials said on Wednesday.
"He was with the team's staff at the time, and they went together to a hospital in Tokyo by taxi," Mayuko Watanabe said. "The doctors said he was showing signs of a light cerebral infarction, and he was hospitalised for examination."
Jones took over from All Black legend John Kirwan as Japan head coach in April 2012, having guided the Wallabies to the 2003 World Cup final, before a poor run of form eventually saw him axed in 2005.
He has led the Blossoms to their fifth and sixth straight Asian Five Nations titles.
Jones has vowed to develop Japan into a top-10 rugby nation before the 2015 World Cup in England, as the Asian champions prepare to host the 2019 edition.
However, they finished fourth in the five-way Pacific Nations Cup last June.
The world champion All Blacks will play Japan in Tokyo, in their first Test on Japanese soil.