Kahui’s Japan move irks Hansen


All Blacks coach Steve Hansen expressed disappointment Tuesday at Richard Kahui’s decision to play rugby in Japan next year, saying he was frustrated the center never gave him a chance to change his mind.

Kahui announced last week that he would move to Top League club Toshiba Brave Lupus in 2014 after seeing out the Super 15 season with the Waikato Chiefs.

“We were very disappointed with that because he didn’t really speak to us, or his agent didn’t,” Hansen told commercial radio. “I always find that a bit frustrating.”

  • jmanngod

    This is a little sad – but his injury toll is no longer a joke. NZ is just blessed with wing 3/4’s/ Centres and 5/8ths who are world class and ready to fill in his utility spot. Sadly, he won’t really be missed in 18 months time. Great player when fit – good luck to him.