Richie Mo'unga, Shannon Frizell set for Japan stint from 2024

Richie Mo'unga has played 44 times for New Zealand
Richie Mo'unga has played 44 times for New Zealand
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All Blacks duo Richie Mo'unga and Shannon Frizell will be the heading to Japan at the end of next year's World Cup.

Both the players will be joining Toshiba Brave Lupus Tokyo, which has been coached by former New Zealand captain Todd Blackadder.

The move will make them ineligible to represent the All Blacks while they are in Japan.

Mo'unga made his professional rugby with provincial side Canterbury in 2013 with his Super Rugby debut for Crusaders coming three years later. He has played 94 times for Crusaders amassing over 1000 points and have enjoyed four Super Rugby titles and two Super Rugby Aotearoa triumphs.

The 28-year-old also represented the All Blacks 44 times.

"I'm grateful for this opportunity and to be part of the Lupus family I plan on doing everything I can to make Toshiba Brave Lupus Tokyo the number one team in Japan," said Mo'unga in a statement released.

"It's a dream of mine to play rugby overseas and to experience a different culture and I know this will be an amazing experience for my family."

Meanwhile, Frizell has been with Highlanders since 2018 and has played 57 times for them. He also represented the All Blacks in 25 games.