Will the third Japanese team win a place in Super Rugby Aotearoa? The competition will definitely not fail…
One of the most anticipated players in the upcoming Super Rugby will undoubtedly be Kazuki Himeno, the 26-year-old Japanese who will make his New Zealand debut wearing the Highlanders jersey. There is clearly tremendous expectations on the part of an entire country, who, after admiring the exciting Brave Blossoms shirt at the 2019 World Cup, will now be able to watch them compete with the best.
Himeno, who has signed a one-year contract with the Dunedin franchise, can play in all three third-tier positions and has made 17 appearances for Japan in the past three years (actually two since 2020 the Japanese haven’t played), but now he’ll also have to deal With another discount: mandatory quarantine for those arriving in New Zealand. Higlanders are working hard to obtain the necessary work permit for the Japanese, and are scheduled to land in the ocean country on February 7. And so he will be able to train with the team starting at 22, all this network of not finding any positive already before leaving. Pay attention to these details, because Himeno (who plays alongside Kieran Reed at Toyota Verbles) didn’t make it onto the field this past weekend, because the match with Bewden Barrett Suntories has been postponed.
Roger Clark, CEO of Highlanders, spoke to New Zealand media to talk about the new international purchase of his franchise: “Once the quarantine is over, we can’t wait for him to play with us. Jimmy Joseph and Tony Brown, his coaches in Japan, have given us excellent feedback, and also accepted It’s all on his work culture.”
It wouldn’t be easy to win the Highlanders’ third-tier jersey, but if Himeno does it consistently, he could really be staying in New Zealand for a long time, because that means he’s won the competition from players like Liam. Squire, Marino Michael-Too and Shannon Frizzell (Favorites) as well as the Harmon and Lentjes outbreaks. A big challenge for the Japan international, from which we show you a great video highlighting the past World Cup:
The Highlanders’ first official match will take place on February 26, the first day of Super Rugby Aotearoa, when the Crusaders arrive in Dunedin.
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