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All Blacks veteran Kahui joins Toshiba

Kyodo

Richard Kahui, a 2011 World Cup winner with the All Blacks, has signed a two-year deal with Japan Top League side Toshiba Brave Lupus, his current Super Rugby team announced Wednesday.

“I love being a Chief, but 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, according to a story on the Chiefs’ website.

Kahui’s deal will start from the 2013-2014 Top League season.

Toshiba has been a prime destination for Chiefs players moving to Japan. Former Toshiba players Nick Holten and Scott McLeod have been followed by Steven Bates and David Hill. Bates and Hill contributed to Toshiba finishing runnerup in the recently completed Top League season. Holten is currently the forwards coach for Kobe Kobelco Steelers, while McLeod was until recently Chiefs’ skills coach.

Kahui has played 17 Tests for the All Blacks since making his debut in 2008 and has scored ten tries.