Toshiba Brave Lupus unveil Steyn, Latimer

06 Jun 2014
Toshiba Brave Lupus unveil Steyn, Latimer

Fuchu based Japanese club Toshiba Brave Lupus have confirmed that Chiefs flanker Tanerau Latimer and Sharks back Frans Steyn have been signed for the 2014/15 seasons.

The announcement was made today by the four-time Top League champions, who are one of the heavyweight clubs, their derby clashes with neighbours Suntory Sungoliath are among the most attended domestic matches in Asia.

The club has been on a shopping spree in recent seasons, with Richard Kahui and Cooper Vuna already on their roster.

Latimer, who brought up his Super Rugby century this season against the Stormers, celebrated his ton with the Chiefs five weeks later.

The 28-year-old, who still holds the honour of being the All Blacks Sevens youngest ever representative when making his debut in the abbreviated game at 17, played five Tests for New Zealand.

He has also captained the Maori All Blacks.

Steyn, a 53-Test Springbok, will play rugby in his third country, having been a key player for the Sharks this season, while he represented Racing-Metro in Paris for nearly four Top 14 campaigns.

While Latimer will not play representative rugby in New Zealand again unless he returns home, Steyn is likely to still be considered for selection by South African coach Heyneke Meyer.

Both players will fulfill Super Rugby commitments before heading off to Japan.