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Why the world’s top rugby players are kicking for Japan
Less confrontation, shorter season, great lifestyle. But rugby chiefs there are wily, so only the top flight will get in
Japan, it now looks increasingly likely, will cement its status as one of the globe’s preferred destinations for high-earning rugby players.
That, of course, will be no comfort for South African administrators hoping to retain their top talent, though there has long been the tacit acceptance the local economy cannot sustain the country’s rugby riches.
There has, perhaps, also been the reluctant acceptance that if the country’s top players are going to play abroad and still wish to play for the Springboks, they ply their trade in the Land of the Rising Sun. ..