All Blacks loosie signs deal in Japan
Cape Town - Highlanders loose forward Elliot Dixon is heading to Japan.
According to the RugbyPass website, Dixon, 28, is set to join Top League side Ricoh Black Rams at the conclusion of the Super Rugby season, essentially withdrawing his name from All Blacks contention.
According to the Black Rams official website, three-time All Black Dixon will be joined by current Crusaders midfielder Tim Bateman, Waikato lock Jacob Skeen - both former Maori All Blacks - and Waratahs utility back Bryce Hegarty.
Dixon will leave New Zealand as an accomplished flank having represented both the All Blacks and Maori All Blacks. He is on track to reach 80 Super Rugby appearances - all with the Highlanders - by the end of the season.
Meanwhile, Bateman, 30, will enjoy a third stint in Japan, having spent three
seasons with the Fukuoka-based Coca-Cola Red Sparks in between his time
with the Hurricanes and Crusaders.
Bateman previously represented New Zealand at Under-19 and Under-21 level, and captained the Maori All Blacks for their North American Tour in 2013.