Blues and All Black lock Anthony Boric has announced he will head to Japan at the end of the Super Rugby season.
Boric has signed a two-year deal with the Mitsubishi Dynaboars and will join them in September.
"Japan is a country I have always enjoyed visiting so to be settling there for a time will be a great experience for me," he said.
"I am excited at the prospect of joining the Mitsubishi Dynaboars and look forward to playing my part in helping the team achieve its goal of reaching the top league as soon as possible and staying there.
"I am also extremely grateful to the people who have helped me achieve what I have in my rugby career so far."
The 2m tall North Harbour lock made his Super Rugby debut in 2006, and has since played 64 games for the Blues. He was named an All Black in 2008, earning 24 Test caps up until the end of 2011 Rugby World Cup.
A neck injury in 2012 required surgery and kept Boric on the sidelines for a year, with him returning to the field just a fortnight ago for the Blues.
Head coach Sir John Kirwan admitted he's disappointed about Boric's departure.
"I'm disappointed AB (Anthony) is leaving as he is a great player, who I believe still has a lot to offer both the Blues and New Zealand rugby. However, I have spoken with him and fully understand his decision."