All Blacks centre Richard Kahui has confirmed he will leave the Chiefs at the end of the 2013 season in order to take up a contract in Japan.
All Blacks centre Richard Kahui has confirmed that he will exit the Chiefs at the end of Super Rugby 2013 in order to take up a contract in Japan.
The 27-year-old, who has been plagued by a shoulder injury, announced the news on New Zealand television show The Rugby Zone.
Following the Super Rugby campaign for the champions, Kahui will join club side Toshiba.
Kahui played a key role for the All Blacks in their 2011 World Cup triumph, regularly starting for Graham Henry's victorious side on the left wing.
“I love being a Chief, but it is no secret that I have had my fair share injuries which have forced me to make some very hard decisions about my future and make the most of the opportunities while I can,” Kahui told the Chiefs website.
Chiefs' coach Dave Rennie added: “Richard has been an outstanding member of the Chiefs family, having played over 50 games for us.”
“I have been really impressed with him as a man, as a player and as a leader within our group.
“He has an opportunity to set himself up for his future and we are fully supportive of what he is doing and hope to get him back for 2015.”