WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — All Blacks center Richard Kahui will quit New Zealand rugby union to play in Japan at the end of the 2013 Super 15 season.

The 27-year-old Waikato Chiefs player made his debut for New Zealand in 2008 but has played on 17 tests because of a succession of injuries. He has undergone four shoulder reconstructionns and missed the entire 2012 international season.

Kahui said Thursday he has signed a two-year deal with the Toshiba club in Japan.

He says injuries had "forced me to make some very hard decisions about my future and make the most of the opportunities while I can."