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England star joins Springboks-laden club in Japan

TRANSFER NEWS: England international Joe Launchbury is joining Verblitz in Japan for the upcoming season, the latest big signing as the country’s League One strives to attract global talent.

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The former Wasps captain said he was eager to return to Japan, host of the 2019 World Cup.

“So, to have the chance to sign for a great club like Verblitz is something I am very excited about,” he said in a statement.

“My family and I are looking forward to experiencing Japan again and I am personally looking forward to testing myself in the league and helping Verblitz have a good year,” he said.

At Verblitz, Launchbury will join veteran Springboks fullback Willie Le Roux, who is nicknamed “sensei” meaning teacher, and Le Roux’s compatriot flank Pieter-Steph du Toit.

The season runs from December to May.

 

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