"Off to Japan" - Nathan Hughes pulls out of France move ahead of nations switch - Ruck

“Off to Japan” – Nathan Hughes pulls out of France move ahead of nations switch

Former England number 8 Nathan Hughes revealed that he will be playing his rugby outside of Europe next season, announcing a move to Japan.

“I’m going to Japan,” said Hughes, who departs Bristol Bears this summer.

“(It is) closer to home, closer to the kids and I feel my time in the Premiership has come to an end.

“It’s been huge progress in my career, coming from New Zealand to where I am now. At 31, hopefully I can get a few games under my belt.

“It’s been a pleasure playing in the Premiership, one of the toughest competitions in the world,” he added.

“I’ve had nine years of playing in the Premiership and every game has been a tough one, especially here at the AJ Bell – always a hard place to play.

Here are five other England stars who could make surprise international rugby switches in the coming years.

#1. Zach Mercer (England to New Zealand)

Zach Mercer of England goes over for a try during the Quilter Cup Match between England and Barbarians at Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham, London on May 27. – PHOTO: Phil Mingo/PPAUK

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