All Blacks coach Steve Hansen less than pleased over Richard Kahui's Japanese deal

Last Updated: 19/02/13 10:32am

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Richard Kahui: Move to Japan not received well by New Zealand coach

Richard Kahui: Move to Japan not received well by New Zealand coach

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New Zealand coach Steve Hansen admits he is frustrated at Richard Kahui's decision to turn his back on the All Blacks.

Kahui signed a deal with Japanese side Toshiba Brave Lupus last week, his decision made in part because of a series of shoulder injuries that he felt he could avoid in a less intense environment.

The wing will leave Waikato at the end of the season and Hansen is unhappy that Kahui chose to announce the deal without telling him first, even though the player admitted he would like to return to New Zealand in time to try and earn a place in their 2015 World Cup squad.

"We were very disappointed with that because he didn't really speak to us, or his agent didn't. I always find that a bit frustrating."
Steve Hansen

"We were very disappointed with that because he didn't really speak to us, or his agent didn't," Hansen said. "I always find that a bit frustrating.

Disappointing

"Normally you hear from them, then you've got an opportunity to discuss it, and put a reasonable offer and if you want them to stay you've got an opportunity to fight to keep them.

"In this case we didn't so that was a bit disappointing. But we've discussed that and moved on."

Hansen would not be drawn on a comment Kahui made about team-mate Dan Carter who he claimed was also thinking about making the move to Japan.

The dual IRB player of the year was linked with a short-term deal with a Japanese club that would pay in the region of $1m after New Zealand's November internationals.

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