8 Jan 2019

Read, Crotty to play in Japan post world cup - report

12:14 pm on 8 January 2019

All Blacks captain Kieran Read will play for Japanese club Toyota Verblitz after the World Cup, according to French rugby website Rugby Rama.

All Blacks captain Kieran Read and midfielder Ryan Crotty.

All Blacks captain Kieran Read and midfielder Ryan Crotty. Photo: Photosport

The website also reports All Black midfielder Ryan Crotty will also head to Japan post the World Cup and is set to sign with the Kubota Spears club.

Read, 33, had been linked with French club Racing 92 late last year but reports suggested he wanted a three year deal which the club wasn't prepared to accommodate.

The All Blacks captain has played 118 tests for New Zealand and made 133 appearances for the Crusaders in Super Rugby.

Crotty meanwhile has played 44 tests for the All Blacks and 132 games for the Crusaders.

The report suggests the reason the duo are planning on joining the Japanese competition over European clubs is because the Japan season runs after the Super Rugby season, during New Zealand's summer.

European club competitions run almost year round.

All Blacks Halfback Aaron Smith and hooker Dan Coles are also reportedly eyeing moves to Japan after the World Cup.