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Kahui move 'frustrating' says Hansen

Published: 10:26AM Tuesday February 19, 2013 Source: ONE Sport

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has voiced his frustration at Richard Kahui's decision to leave New Zealand rugby later this year.

Kahui announced last week that he had signed a two year deal with Japanese club Toshiba, beginning after this year's Super Rugby campaign with the Chiefs.

The 27 year-old has played 17 Tests for the All Blacks, but his career has been plagued by injuries including four shoulder surgeries.

Hansen spoke to Live Sport radio this morning and said they had no contact from Kahui or his agent before agreeing to the deal.

"We were very disappointed with that because he didn't really speak to us, his agent didn't say. I always find that a bit frustrating," Hansen said.

"Normally you hear from them, then you've got the opportunity to discuss it and put in a reasonable offer if you want them to stay, an opportunity to fight to keep them and in this case we didn't."

Kahui has suggested that he would be interested in returning to New Zealand following the completion of the contract, presumably to take a crack at an All Blacks' jersey for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, but Hansen said that was a risky move.

"He's talked about coming back and he's like everybody else, but they take a big risk when they leave, because there's other people here that have got talent.

"But he's obviously weighed that up and he believes that he can come back so hopefully does and he hopefully he plays with the form that can get him selected."

Kahui's departure also makes him an unlikely selection for the All Blacks' Tests against France in June, with Hansen previously reluctant to select players who are heading offshore.