All Black lock joins Japan exodus

Tue, 02 Apr 2013 07:54
Large anthony boric630

All Black and Blues lock Anthony Boric is the latest player to leave New Zealand for Japan after signing with the Mitsubishi Dynaboars.
 

All Black and Blues lock Anthony Boric is the latest player to leave New Zealand for Japan after signing with the Mitsubishi Dynaboars.

Boric made his All Black debut in 2008 and earned 24 Test caps until a neck injury ruled him out last year. He has recently returned for the Blues, but will leave in September on a two-year deal.
 
"Japan is a country I have always enjoyed visiting so to be settling there for a time will be a great experience for me. I am excited at the prospect of joining the Mitsubishi Dynaboars and look forward to playing my part in helping the team achieve its goal of reaching the top league as soon as possible and staying there ," Boric said in a statement.

"I am also extremely grateful to the people who have helped me achieve what I have in my rugby career so far," he added.

Blues' head coach Sir John Kirwan admitted that Boric's departure came as a major disappointment for the Auckland franchise..

"I'm disappointed AB (Anthony) is leaving as he is a great player, who I believe still has a lot to offer both the Blues and New Zealand rugby. However, I have spoken with him and fully understand his decision," Kirwan said.

Boric joins a growing list of New Zealand players who will be heading to Japan at the end of the season, with centre Richard Kahui, prop Ben May and flyhalf Stephen Donald all having signed contracts.

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 01 July 2016
Chiefs v Crusaders 07h35 Hamilton
Brumbies v Reds 09h40 Canberra
EP Kings v Griquas 16h00 Port Elizabeth
Blue Bulls v Boland 17h00 Loftus Versfeld
Sat, 02 July 2016
Sunwolves v Waratahs 05h15 Tokyo
Hurricanes v Blues 07h35 Wellington
Rebels v Stormers 09h40 Melbourne
Free State Cheetahs v Falcons 10h05 Bloemfontein
Golden Lions v Griffons 12h05 Johannesburg
Western Province v Eagles 13h00 Newlands
Namibia v Border 13h00 Windhoek
Cheetahs v Force 13h00 Bloemfontein
Sharks v Leopards 15h00 Durban
Kings v Highlanders 15h05 Port Elizabeth
Lions v Sharks 17h10 Johannesburg
Jaguares v Bulls 21h40 Buenos Aires
SUPER RUGBY
MORE LOGS
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 12 8 0 4 34
Waratahs 12 7 0 5 34
Rebels 12 6 0 6 27
Reds 12 3 1 8 16
Force 12 2 0 10 12
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 12 10 0 2 45
Chiefs 12 9 0 3 42
Hurricanes 12 8 0 4 40
Highlanders 12 8 0 4 38
Blues 12 6 1 5 30
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 12 7 1 4 36
Bulls 12 7 1 4 32
Cheetahs 12 3 0 9 17
Sunwolves 12 1 1 10 9
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 12 9 0 3 42
Sharks 12 7 1 4 35
Jaguares 12 2 0 10 14
Kings 12 2 0 10 9