All Blacks star Adam Thomson signs two-year deal to play in Japan

Last Updated: 22/02/13 11:17am

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Adam Thomson: Moving to Japan

Adam Thomson: Moving to Japan

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Flanker Adam Thomson has almost certainly brought the curtain down on his All Blacks career by signing a two-year deal to play in Japan.

Thomson, 31, played 29 Tests for New Zealand and was in the squad for the November internationals in Europe.

But the Highlanders star has signed a lucrative deal to play with the Canon Eagles and he will not be eligible for his country in that time.

"I'm excited to be embarking on the next stage of my career with the Canon Eagles in 2013 but jointly saddened to be closing a significant chapter of my life," he told the All Blacks website.

"I'm humbled and proud to have had the opportunity to represent Otago, the Highlanders and the All Blacks throughout my career."
Adam Thomson

"I'm humbled and proud to have had the opportunity to represent Otago, the Highlanders and the All Blacks throughout my career."

Blessing

Fellow All Black Richard Kahui announced last week that he will join Japan's Toshiba Brave Lupus on a two-year contract after seeing out the current Super 15 season with the Waikato Chiefs.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen admitted he was unhappy that Kahui had not given him a chance to change his mind before signing the deal.

But he indicated Thomson was heading to Japan with his blessing.

"On behalf of the All Blacks, we want to wish Adam well on the next step of his rugby career," Hansen said. "He is an outstanding, world-class loose forward who always gave his very best."

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