Wellington - Rugby World Cup-winning All Black Richard Kahui has announced he will play in
Japan at the end of the Super Rugby season after signing a two-year deal
with Top League club Toshiba Brave Lupus.
The midfielder was a key member of New Zealand's World Cup-winning team
in 2011 and helped the Chiefs to the Super Rugby title last year,
although his career has been blighted by injury.
The 27-year-old said in a statement posted on the Chiefs' website late
on Wednesday that he was looking forward to a final season in New Zealand
and regretted leaving the club he loved but needed to look to the
"It is no secret that I have had my fair share of injuries which have
forced me to make some very hard decisions about my future and make the
most of the opportunities while I can," he said.
Persistent shoulder problems have plagued Kahui since his international
debut in 2008, restricting him to just 17 Tests, in which he scored 10
He has been sidelined whenever Test selectors have come calling over the
past 15 months, with his last appearance for the All Blacks in the
World Cup final win over France in October 2011.