Rugby World Cup 2019: First image of Temuera Morrison portraying Eddie Jones in movie released

The first image of Kiwi actor Temuera Morrison portraying well-renowned rugby coach Eddie Jones in an upcoming film has been published on social media. 

Morrison is portraying the Australian coach in a new film about Japan's famous 34-32 win over South Africa at the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England, with the working name of The Brighton Miracle.

Jones - now head coach of England - was then the Japan boss and the mastermind behind the Brave Blossoms' dramatic win.

Karne Hesketh scored an 84th-minute try to secure Japan's biggest ever win and their first over South Africa.

Japan-based rugby reporter Rich Freeman shared the photo of Morrison on Twitter.

Freeman added that the film is set to be released before the 2019 Rugby World Cup, which is being staged in Japan next month. 

New Zealand-based actor Sam Neill is understood to be playing Jones' father in the movie, with award-winning Australian writer and director Max Mannix overseeing the project.

Japan made history at the 2015 World Cup, becoming the first team to win three of their five pool games, yet they still missed out on the quarter-finals, finishing behind Scotland and South Africa.  

The 2019 Rugby World Cup kicks off on September 20 when Japan faces Russia in Tokyo. 


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