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Former Australia and Crusaders head coach Robbie Deans believes the standard of the Top League in Japan is approaching Super Rugby level.
Ex-All Blacks and Blues back Rene Ranger has joined the Crusaders as cover with George Bridge, Manasa Mataele and Braydon Ennor injured.
We pick seven players to watch from club and Test rugby in 2021.
Waratahs have announced the signing of former Reds and rugby league back Izaia Perese, who has joined the franchise on a two-year contract.
Former Wales international Mark Jones is set to swap the Crusaders for Premiership side Worcester Warriors, joining as senior assistant coach.
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