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Former Australia flyhalf Stephen Larkham has signed a three-year deal to play club rugby in Japan before he retires from the game.
Larkham, who quit international rugby after last year’s World Cup in France, said he would join Tokyo club Ricoh Black Rams later this season.
Larkham had originally signed to play for Edinburgh but had to look for another club when the deal fell through.
“I’ve always wanted to play rugby in Japan, and now get the chance to do so a little earlier than expected,” Larkham said in a statement on Wednesday.
“My family is very excited by the opportunity to live in Tokyo and I am looking forward to playing for Ricoh. I’m currently enjoying the longest rest of my rugby career and I’m feeling mentally and physically refreshed.”
Larkham is regarded as one of Australia’s greatest players. He earned 102 caps since his test debut in 1996 and played in three World Cups.
He was a key member of the Wallabies team that won the title in 1999, kicking the decisive drop goal in the semi-final win over South Africa, and was on the losing side in the 2003 final.
However, he was plagued by injuries in recent seasons and played only one match in last year’s World Cup before suffering a knee injury that prematurely ended his international career.