WELLINGTON – All Blacks centre Ryan Crotty announced Monday he will end his international career after this year's World Cup and play club rugby in Japan.
Crotty, who will turn 31 during the tournament, said that after 11 years with the Canterbury Crusaders Super Rugby club it was time for a change.
“Christchurch will always be home, but I'm really looking forward to taking on a new challenge in the Top League as part of the Kubota Spears club,” he said.
Crotty made his All Blacks debut against Australia in 2013 and has played 44 Tests in the fabled black jersey.
“Crotts has been one of the mainstays of our midfield for many years and is a world-class footballer,” said national coach Steve Hansen, who is also heading for the exit after New Zealand's campaign for a third straight World Cup.