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Christian Lealiifano to play in Japan

Christian Lealiifano. (AAP Image/David Moir)
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8th June, 2018
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The Brumbies’ Christian Lealiifano is heading to Japan.

Lealiifano has signed a deal with Japanese Top League club Toyota Shokki to join them after the 2018 Super Rugby season finishes.

He will remain with the side until the end of their season.

“I am really looking forward to the unique experience of playing in Japan,” Lealiifano commented.

“This is something that I have wanted to do for some time and had to postpone due to my illness. This is a fantastic opportunity to play in a different environment and a different culture and it’s something that appeals to me.

“I am excited about the prospect of playing for Toyota Shokki. Before then, however, my focus will be on finishing the season strongly at the Brumbies and helping to continue our recent good form.”

Brumbies CEO Michael Thomson said the club had given Lealiifano the thumbs up.

“The Brumbies are supportive of Christian playing in Japan,” said Thomson.

“Christian’s form has continued to improve as the season has progressed culminating in the Brumbies two strong performances in our most recent games.

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“We appreciate that he is keen to experience another culture and the Japanese Top League timing affords him that opportunity this year. We wish him luck with his endeavours.”