'Exciting brand of rugby': All Black's move to Japan confirmed
TRANSFER NEWS: All Blacks fullback Damian McKenzie will leave the Chiefs to join Suntory Sungoliath, the Japanese franchise announced on Monday.
Fuchu-based Suntory Sungoliath did not specify when McKenzie, who has been with the Chiefs since 2015, will return to New Zealand.
Since making his Test debut in 2016, McKenzie has collected 40 caps for the All Blacks, most recently as a late replacement for flyhalf Richie Mo’unga in Saturday’s 25-40 defeat by France in Paris.
Good luck in Japan Damian, see you in a few months ✌️ pic.twitter.com/78Zpo54uhS
— All Blacks (@AllBlacks) November 22, 2021
“I can’t wait to meet my new teammates and contribute to the Sungoliath culture as well as engage with the Japanese fans,” said the 26-year-old in a statement.
“I love attacking rugby and I really look forward to playing an exciting brand of rugby.”
McKenzie follows in the footsteps of fellow All Black Beauden Barrett who had a six-month sabbatical with Sungoliath last season.
The two-time world player of the year will play for Auckland in the new Super Rugby season which kicks off in February.