Japan move for Jane

Date published: June 30 2016

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Cory Jane is off to Japan after signing a two-year contract with Toshiba, but will be back in Hurricanes colours in 2017.%u200B

Jane will head to Japan at the conclusion of the 2016 Super Rugby season where he will join former All Blacks Richard Kahui and Liam Messam as well as Chiefs number eight Michael Leitch at the Brave Lupus.

"I'm looking forward to playing in Japan and to experiencing a new culture and taking on a new challenge," Jane said.

"It was important to me that I honoured the remaining year on my Hurricanes contract and of course that I was sure I was doing what was best for my family. To have achieved both of those things is great."

The move means the 33-year-old will miss the Wellington Lions 2016 campaign and be unavailable again in 2017.

"That was one of the tough parts about making my decision, knowing that I might not get the chance to pull on the Wellington jersey again," Jane said.

"Obviously it's a team I really love, it's where I started and I always take a lot of pride in representing my home province. Who knows, if my body is still willing I might still get the chance to play for Wellington again in the future."

The 53-test All Black has acknowledged he's unlikely to play for the All Blacks again, but said he was committed to continuing to play at a high level for the Hurricanes for the remainder of this season and in 2017.

He explained: "I still feel like I have a lot to offer in Super Rugby. I've really enjoyed this season and with my immediate future secure I can't wait to get stuck into the rest of the season, starting with the Blues on Saturday night."

Hurricanes chief executive Avan Lee had no doubt Jane's final chapter with the club would be as exciting as ever.

"CJ's hitting top form, he's a great personality and we still love having him part of our club.  We wish him all the best for his Japan adventure later this year," he said.

Jane is one of only eight players to have played 100 matches for the Hurricanes and has scored 28 tries since his debut against the Reds in Brisbane in 2007.

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