Mary Mahy, Media365 Posted on Friday, November 3, 2023 at 10:40 AM.
All Blacks captain Sam Kane will join Japan for a season, the New Zealand FA announced on Friday.
A new adventure awaits Sam Kane. The New Zealand Rugby Union announced on Friday that the All Blacks captain, now 31, will join Japan, specifically Tokyo’s Sangoliath club. For one season, in 2024. Kane will be able to have this new experience, thanks to a break that he will, at the same time, be able to have in his contract, which he currently has with the New Zealand Rugby team. Then only from next June will the player return to his native country. It is a condition that he must respect if he wants to be called upon to once again wear the jersey of his choice, in which he was recently crowned vice-world champion. Less than a week ago, South Africa won the final of the 2023 Rugby World Cup, which was held on the French side.
Kane will play with Colby
The Springboks were able to retain their title, after defeating New Zealand by a very narrow margin (12-11). On this occasion, the third grade received a red card. Sam Kane, who will play in his new club alongside South African winger Cheslin Kolbe, the world champion, announced: “When the opportunity arose to play for Suntory in 2024, it seemed like the right time, after the World Cup, to try something new.” The rugby season in Japan is scheduled to begin next December and end next May. Meanwhile, the next Super Rugby campaign will start from February 2024. San Kean will obviously not play for Chiefs, who he has played for since 2011.
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