Super Rugby
Brett confirms Japan move
ESPNscrum Staff
June 29, 2011
Stephen Brett kicks for the posts, Blues v Rebels , Auckland, New Zealand, April 22, 2011
Brett will leave for Japan after a successful time in New Zealand during which he picked up a Super Rugby winner's medal in 2008 © Getty Images

Blues fly-half Stephen Brett has confirmed he will play his rugby in Japan next year after signing a two-year contract with Toyota Verblitz.

Brett joined the Blues in 2010 from the Crusaders as their starting fly-half and enjoyed more game time than any other Blues player that year. Brett will face the Reds on Saturday in the Super Rugby semi-final and the New Zealander is relishing the chance to run out with his Blues' teammates. "Playing finals rugby with the Blues means a lot in my last year with the team. Having done that with the Crusaders, it's pretty special to me to be doing it again alongside my Blues teammates."

Brett has enjoyed a successful career in New Zealand and while he has not yet appeared for the All Blacks, he has represented the New Zealand Maori's. "I've had a wonderful rugby career in New Zealand, having played for both the Blues and Crusaders in Super Rugby, provincial rugby for Canterbury and represented New Zealand in the NZ U21s, Junior All Blacks and NZ Maori teams. While it's impossible to thank all the people you want to - they know who they are."

Pat Lam has named Brett at fly-half for Saturday's semi-final and the Blues coach has said the 25-year-old will be missed. "It was a big call for Stephen to come to the Blues from the Crusaders and he is well respected in our team," Lam said. "His contribution on and off the field has been a valuable part of our team's growth during the past couple of seasons and he will be missed."

Brett will be joined in the Japanese Top League next year by All Blacks' Mils Muliaina and Rodney So'oialo.

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