Former All Black and Highlanders loose forward Adam Thomson has signed a two-year deal with the Canon Eagles in Japan.
It ends months of speculation as to where the World Cup winner, who played 29 Tests for New Zealand, was to ply his trade after not re-signing with the Highlanders.
The 31-year-old will join former Highlanders team-mates Callum Bruce and Kane Thompson as well as former All Black Isaia Toeava at the club.
"I'm excited to be embarking on the next stage of my career with the Canon Eagles in 2013 but jointly saddened to be closing a significant chapter of my life," Thomson said in a statement.
"I'm humbled and proud to have had the opportunity to represent Otago, the Highlanders and the All Blacks throughout my career.
"The experiences and friendships I have made will last a lifetime and my heart will always remain with New Zealand rugby. I will be forever grateful to the coaches, fellow players, and fans that have made this journey possible."