All Blacks star Ardie Savea provided an honest answer when asked why he had decided to take up a sabbatical in Japan in 2024 – “the money’s good”.
The recently-reappointed Hurricanes captain will head to Japan after the Rugby World Cup and spend a season with League One club Kobelco Kobe Steelers.
Savea will link up with former All Blacks and Hurricanes team-mate Ngani Laumape at Kobe and said he was excited about a change of scenery after 11 years in Super Rugby.
But the biggest factor behind his decision to play overseas was the chance to set up his young family financially.
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