Former All Blacks fly-half Dan Carter will leave French side Racing 92 at the end of the season to take up a contract with Kobe Steelers in Japan.
The number 10 confirmed his departure in a video interview with Racing, explaining that the move had not been an easy decision.
“It’s a little bit sad. The last couple of years here at Racing have been amazing,” Carter said in the video. “For once I have had to put my family first and it saddens me to think that I will be leaving Racing at the end of the season.
“It’s also an exciting opportunity for me, a completely new challenge in a new competition, as well as being able to spend more time in New Zealand with Japan being closer to home.”