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Japan trumps Highlanders for Brown in June

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 7/04/2017
Highlanders coach Tony Brown © Getty Images Highlanders coach Tony Brown

Highlanders coach Tony Brown will help guide Japan during the June international window, meaning he won't be in charge against the touring British and Irish Lions.

Brown confirmed to journalists he will link with Japan head coach Jamie Joseph - his predecessor at the Highlanders - to help the Cherry Blossoms prepare for internationals against Romania and Ireland (two).

The Highlanders host the Lions in the fourth match of the tour on June 13, with that match falling in the three-week break from Super Rugby.

Assistant coaches Scott Mcleod and Mark Hammett will help the southerners prepare to face the Lions in Dunedin.

At the end of the Super Rugby season, Brown will leave to be Japan's assistant coach on a fulltime basis.

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