Richie Mo’unga makes huge All Blacks revelation following New Zealand exit
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Richie Mo’unga has made a huge revelation about his All Blacks career following his move to Japan with Japanese Rugby League One side, Toshiba Brave Lupus.
The talented playmaker, who started New Zealand’s narrow Rugby World Cup final defeat to South Africa last month, reckons he may never wear an All Blacks jersey again after signing a three-year deal in Japan.
Mo’unga is just 29, but the All Blacks have a strict selection policy when it comes to selecting players who ply their trade overseas.
Instead, players are given an opportunity to take a sabbatical, with the likes of captain Sam Cane and World Player of the Year, Ardie Savea, signing short-term deals in Japan, with a return to international duty on the horizon.
Beauden Barrett has also moved to Japan but is expected to return to New Zealand in the not-too-distant future. But it seems Mo’unga is committing himself to Japan, and may retire there.
“I’m focused on the present; I just want to give all I can to Toshiba,” Mo’unga told Japanese media.
“I really can see myself playing here as long as I can until I retire. At this very point, the All Blacks is over there.
“I don’t like using the term ‘sabbatical’; this isn’t a rest for me, it’s not a one-year thing. I’m fully involved and fully committed.”