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The Panasonic Wild Knights officially bid farewell Monday to veteran New Zealand lock Sam Whitelock and South African center Damien de Allende as part of an exodus of overseas players from the Japan Rugby Top League club.

Whitelock, a World Cup winner in 2011 and 2015, and de Allende, a member of the Springboks side that captured the Webb Ellis Cup in Japan last year, are among eight mostly foreign players leaving Panasonic, according to its announcement.

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