The Australian team got the signature of Richard Kahui who had come from playing 7 years in Japan.
Western Force announced the signing of the center that played in the All Blacks and was champion of the 2011 Rugby World Cup, Richard Kahui, to its AU Super Rugby team. The 35-year-old joins the Australian club after a seven-year stint with the Japanese Top League team Toshiba Brave Lupus.
After breaking into the New Zealand rugby scene and winning the 2006 Player of the Year award with Waikato, Kahui made his Super Rugby debut for the Highlanders before the end of the year.
In 2007, he moved to the northern island where he signed a contract for the Chiefs and was one of the figures for the team to win Super Rugby in 2012. It was precisely during his stay with the Chiefs that Kahui rose to fame. His good performances earned him a call to the All Blacks in 2008, where he did not disappoint and marked his first try in a memorable 44-12 victory over England in Christchurch on his debut.
Recognized for his play, Kahui played 17 games for the All Blacks between 2007-2011, which included the successful 2011 Rugby World Cup campaign. Kahui played a crucial role in the Webb Ellis Cup on his homeland and scored four tries in the parties where it evolved like wing.
In 2013 Kahui moved to Japan where he made 63 Top League appearances, forging a reputation as one of the competition’s star players and at the same time captaining the Tokyo-based team since the 2017/18 season. Western Force honcho Matt Hodgson said the addition of Kahui adds great experience to the team. “With 68 Super Rugby matches and various national and international honors to his name, Kahui is another quality signature for us,” said Hodgson.
“His knowledge of the game, his defensive ability and the level of professionalism he brings to the team will be enormous for this season, we are eager to see him in the blue and black,” he added and told everything the player represents: “we are excited not only for his exploits on the court, but also for his vision and winning mindset that are invaluable to the entire team. “