Beauden Barrett and Aaron Smith, key members of the New Zealand national rugby powerhouse known as the "All Blacks" and who will play for League One side Toyota Verblitz next season, expressed their enthusiasm in an online press conference.
Barrett and Smith are set to join League One side Toyota Verblitz next season, and they held an online press conference on the 22nd.
The 31-year-old Barrett is a skillful passer, kicker and quick leg who can play stand-off and full-back.
He has over 100 caps for the New Zealand national team and has been voted the best player in the world twice.
Barrett, who also played in the Japan's top flight in 2, said, "I want to show something positive in creating a winning culture in the team, and I'm looking forward to being able to understand the culture and people of the Japan off the field, which I couldn't do before due to the pandemic."
Smith, a 34-year-old scrum-half, also has over 100 caps for the national team, and in addition to his fast and accurate passing, he also has sharp runs and accurate kicks.
Smith was enthusiastic, saying, "Rugby in Japan is highly skilled, and I am looking forward to taking on challenges in a different environment."
Together, they helped New Zealand win the 2 World Cup in England.
He will join Toyota Verblitz after the World Cup in France this autumn.