Mo’unga and Frizell to Japan after the World Cup

The two New Zealand internationals will become Toshiba Brave Lobos players in Japan after the 2023 World Cup.

By Le Figaro with AFP

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Richie Muunga Rebecca Nadine / Panoramic

The Japanese club announced today, Monday, that New Zealand internationals Richie Muonga and Shannon Frisell will play in Japan for Toshiba Brave Lobos, after the 2023 Rugby World Cup (8 September – 28 October).

Opener Richie Muonga (28 years, 44 caps), who has already expressed his desire to play in Japan, will join the Lobos in early 2024, as will compatriot, third-row Shannon Frisell (28 years, 25 caps). ).

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Departure from the country of origin

Muunga said in a statement that he will sign a three-year contract with the Japanese club, coached by former New Zealand captain Todd Blackadder.

When traveling abroad, Mo’unga and Frizell, who currently play in New Zealand for the Canterbury Crusaders and Otago Highlanders respectively, will not be eligible with the All Blacks under New Zealand rugby rules.

“I will do my best to make Toshiba Brave Lupus Tokyo the best club in Japan! My dream is to play rugby abroad and experience different cultures and I think it will be a great experience for my family as well,” said Mo’unga.

“I’m looking forward to joining Toshiba Brave Lobos Tokyo after the 2023 season. I’ve heard positive things about the Lobos and their history, especially from the New Zealand players who have come through this club,” Frizzell explained.

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