Brumbies fly-half Christian Lealiifano has confirmed that he will leave the club at the conclusion of the 2019 Super Rugby season to take up a contract offer in Japan.
The captain, who has played 148 times for the Brumbies, will end his 12-year association with the Canberra outfit at the culmination of the campaign.
“This was a difficult decision for me and I would like to thank the Brumbies for their support throughout my time at the club,” Lealiifano said of his choice to move to Japan.
“The Brumbies mean a lot to me and my family, and they have given me so much.
“I love Canberra and the community, as it’s my home and will always hold a special place in my heart.
“The players, staff, members and supporters have been behind me every step of the way since my debut and I am grateful and thankful for their unconditional support.
“I leave with many amazing memories and friendships which I will cherish.”
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He added: “The support that the Canberra public gave me and my family through a difficult time in my life will never be forgotten.
“I believe this club has a bright future under Dan and his coaching staff and look forward to following that progress.
“We still have much to play for this season as well, starting with our quarter-final against the Sharks on Saturday evening, and I am fully focused on doing my best to help us reach the next stage.”