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Former England and Worcester centre Ben Te’o has signed for Japanese Super Rugby franchise the Sunwolves ahead of their final season in 2020.
Te’o, who joined Worcester Warriors from Leinster in 2016, agreed a short-term deal with French club Toulon in August after being left out of England’s Rugby World Cup squad following a bust-up with Mike Brown.
The former Rugby League man will be joined at the Tokyo-based team by Tonga’s Onehunga Kaufusi and Australia’s Jake Schatz. The Sunwolves, under new boss Naoya Okubo, also welcome back Georgian hooker Jaba Bregvadze and have said they will add more names to the squad once contract negotiations have been completed.
No players from the Japanese Top League have been named in their squad due to the competition running at the same time as Super Rugby next year, leaving them any of their top local players who starred at the Rugby World Cup.
The 2020 season will be the Sunwolves’ last in Super Rugby after the competitions governing body SANZAAR and the Japanese Football Rugby Union failed to agree on the terms of their inclusion in March.