Brodie Retallick to join Kobelco Kobe Steelers at end of World Cup

Brodie Retallick was a key member of New Zealand's World Cup winning team in 2015
Brodie Retallick was a key member of New Zealand's World Cup winning team in 2015
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New Zealand international Brodie Retallick becomes the latest player to announce a move to Japan after signing a new contract with Kobelco Steelers.

The announcement follows after Aaron Smith and Beauden Barrett also announced about their move to Japan with Richie Mo'unga also confirming his post-World Cup move to Toshiba Brave Lupus Tokyo.

Retallick made his Test debut in 2012 and has 100 appearances at the international level. He was a key member of 2015 Rugby World Cup-winning team and was named World Rugby and New Zealand Player of the Year in 2014.

He has already represented Kobelco Steelers in the past and has been associated with Chiefs since 2012.

“I would like to thank New Zealand Rugby and the All Blacks for the opportunity to represent them over the last 12 years.

"To play for the All Blacks is and has always been a privilege. The memories and friendships created by playing Test matches all around the world are indescribable and something I will treasure.

“This is still an exciting year ahead for me here in New Zealand and I would like to take the opportunity to thank the fans for their continued support. I would also like to thank the Chiefs for giving me the opportunity to represent them and the Waikato region.

“Coming from outside of the region to Hamilton in 2012 is a decision that has given my family and I endless memories and friendships, both on and off the field, that will last a lifetime.

"I also have to say a big thanks to everyone at Hawke’s Bay for giving me a shot in first-class rugby that led to everything I have experienced now.”