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Wellington: New Zealand rugby coach Steve Hansen was left frustrated and disappointed at Richard Kahui’s decision to switch to the Japanese league, and his mood will not improve amid reports prized asset Dan Carter could join the All Black exodus.
Kahui has suffered a series of shoulder problems and the 27-year-old centre and wing said last week’s decision to sign a lucrative two-year contract with Toshiba Brave Lupus in the less intense Japanese Top League was made with his injury record in mind.
Currently with the Waikato Chiefs but out of action after further shoulder surgery, Kahui will move to Tokyo at the end of the Super Rugby season and Hansen was unhappy the move had been arranged without his knowledge.
“We were very disappointed with that because he didn’t really speak to us, or his agent didn’t,” Hansen told New Zealand’s LiveSport breakfast show yesterday.
“I always find that a bit frustrating.
“Normally you hear from them, then you’ve got an opportunity to discuss it, and put a reasonable offer and if you want them to stay you’ve got an opportunity to fight to keep them.
“In this case we didn’t so that was a bit disappointing. But we’ve discussed that and moved on.”
Kahui’s move means he will not be eligible to play for New Zealand but the player said he would return after completing his contract in Japan.