Brumbies scrum-half Matt Lucas will join Japanese Top League side Ricoh Black Rams next season after being released from his contract a year early.
Lucas, who signed for the Brumbies at the beginning of the 2018 campaign from the Waratahs, will undertake a new challenge in Asia.
“I have really enjoyed my time at the Brumbies and will treasure the memories that I have made with the club,” he said of his departure.
“The Brumbies environment and culture is one that I have treasured. The way in which the Brumbies wider community have embraced me has been very special and playing at GIO Stadium in front of some extremely loyal fans over the last two years is something that I won’t forget.
“This was a terrific opportunity for me, and I am thankful to the Brumbies for agreeing to release me early from my contract to head to Japan. It’s an exciting time for me and I am looking forward to what’s ahead.”
Lucas, who played 28 times for the Brumbies in a 61-cap Super Rugby career, is no stranger to Japanese club rugby having enjoyed a hugely successful stint inside Wallaby and Brumbies legend Matt Giteau at Suntory Sungoliath last season.
“Whilst we are sorry to see Matt leave, we understand this is a really good opportunity for him at this stage of his career,” said Brumbies head coach Dan McKellar.
“Matt has been a very important player in our group for the last two seasons. He is a competitor, drives standards and he has played a role in helping to develop our younger players.
“We wish Matty all the best for the future.”