Kahui heads for Japan

RICHARD FERGUSON updates Keo.co.za followers on latest Super Rugby news from New Zealand.

Richard Kahui to move to Japan

All Black Richard Kahui has confirmed that he will leave New Zealand at the end of the season to further his career in Japan. Kahui will join Toshiba from the Chiefs at the end of the season.

Weepu back in Blue

The Blues team take on the Highlanders on Friday evening, and will be captained by Ali Williams. Piri Weepu gets his first start of the preseason, looking much fitter than he did in 2012. Regular winger, Rene Ranger, will play at outside centre, creating a midfield combination with Francis Saili.

BLUES: 15. Charles Piutau, 14. Frank Halai, 13. Rene Ranger, 12. Francis Saili, 11. George Moala, 10. Chris Noakes, 9. Piri Weepu, 8. Peter Saili, 7. Luke Braid, 6. Steven Luatua, 5. Ali Williams (C), 4. Culum Retallick, 3. Charlie Faumuina, 2. James Parsons, 1. Tom McCartney

Replacements (from): 16. Quentin MacDonald, 17. Angus Ta’avao, 18. Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 19. Liaki Moli, 20. Ronald Raaymakers, 21. Sean Polwart, 22. Kane Barrett, 23. Joe Edwards, 24. Bryn Hall, 25. Jackson Willison, 26. Baden Kerr, 27. Marty McKenzie, 28. Pita Ahki

Full strength Canes to face Chiefs

The Hurricanes have named a close to full strength team to face the Chiefs this Saturday. First choice halfbacks TJ Perenara and Beauden Barrett join Julian Savea, captain Conrad Smith and Andre Taylor in a star studded backline.

The addition of Ben Franks from the Crusaders will give the forwards a more experienced feel along with the likes of Jeremy Thrush, Jason Eaton and Victor Vito.