Another Crusader off to Japan

Discussion in 'Super Rugby' started by Mehrtsisagod, Jun 4, 2008.

  1. Mehrtsisagod

    Mehrtsisagod Guest


    Former All Blacks number eight Mose Tuiali'i is off to Japan, having signed for two years with the Yamaha club.

    Tuiali'i says he met with assistant All Blacks coach Steve Hansen a month ago when his mind was made up. He says while Hansen was disappointed he was also supportive of his decision.

    The 27 year-old will link up with Reuben Thorne after rejecting offers from English and French clubs. He says he has researched the club and the area and he asked several players who had previously played in Japan like Leon MacDonald to fill him in. His research indicates the club is also handy to a good surf beach which has been a big lure.

    Tuiali'i says he will not be heading over to Japan until March so will be available for Canterbury's Air New Zealand Cup campaign.

    This is a complete shock to me as I had no idea he was in negotiations with anyone. I guess the All Blacks yet again took too long for a callup so another quality player is gone.
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  3. Prestwick

    Prestwick Guest

    Ah, so he's an employee of Yamaha now.

    Hope he gets on the pension program, I've heard its pretty good..
  4. woosaah

    woosaah Guest

    ahh bugger. oh well he gets to see out his contract with the NZRFU then can take off and have a good time over there.

    Good luck to him i say, has been great for Canterbury rugby. Next years crusaders are going to be totally different and it woudl have been good to have him around.

    but oh well.
  5. scuubasteve

    scuubasteve Guest

    Step up Nasi Manu.
  6. william1024

    william1024 Guest

    how new zealand dont have much money,
    they have one of the best sides in the world. get good crowds but dont have money whats going on
  7. melon

    melon Guest

    The population of NZ is about 4.3 million. The population of your country, England, is over 50 million.

    Now, do you think with that population difference that income from avenues such as merchandise could be different? I think not.

    Also, look at the sheer numbers of professional and semi-professional teams over there compared to NZ. Its tenfold! Atleast!

    Quite simply, money can't be as abundant when a population is 10 times smaller.
  8. dwaldron

    dwaldron Guest

    That sucks.. i would have liked to see him play crusaders again next year i think he was really quite good
  9. teamplayer

    teamplayer Guest

    Steven Yates also signed for a Japanese club.. big loss - I would have had him ahead of Sean Maitland!
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