Sean McMahon has all but conceded he will not take part in the Wallabies 2019 Rugby World Cup campaign.
The back-rower will leave Australian rugby for a two-year flexible deal in Japan.
“We’re done with the Rebels at the end of the season and basically all I can say now is that I won’t be playing in Australia next year [in Super Rugby],” McMahon said.
“I’ll be gone for two years. It was a very big call I’ve made.
“There was a few factors that came into it – a few personal ones and a few other issues I don’t really want to go into.
“It was a big decision for my career and my personal life as well.
“I’m pretty happy with the decision and so is my wife. We’re looking forward to experiencing something new.
“Maybe down the track I might change my mind but it was great to have the opportunity to play in a World Cup,
“Having to pass that up was definitely a hard factor in the decision. I’m going to take it one step at a time.”