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Masaga to head to Japan at end of Chiefs season

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chiefs.co.nz and James Mortimer     26 Mar 2013     Getty Images

The twenty-six year old has signed with the Japanese club Honda for two seasons.

The winger who has played 80 games for the Chiefs and earned the nickname ‘Flash’ for his speed and try scoring abilities said: “This was a really tough decision to make. The Chiefs have been an important part of my life for eight years, but this was just simply an opportunity that was too good to turn down.”

Chiefs’ coach Dave Rennie said “Lelia is a highly valued part of the Chiefs family, but at his stage of his career this is a fantastic chance for Lelia and his family and we wish them well.”

Lelia Masaga is in his eighth season with the Chiefs. He has played one test for the All Blacks and is a former Junior All Black. He will not be available for ITM Cup this year for his provincial side Bay of Plenty.

The Chiefs head to Mount Maunganui this Easter weekend to play the Blues on Saturday 30 March at 7.35pm at ASB Baypark Stadium.