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Maling heading to Japan

Published: 5:37AM Wednesday October 13, 2004 Source: Reuters

Simon Maling is quitting the All Blacks to join Japanese club Suntory via a brief spell at English club Harlequins.

The 29-year-old Otago lock, who has won 11 All Black caps and last played in the 40-26 Tri-Nations loss to South Africa in August, said he would be joining Suntory on a three-year deal.

But as his contract does not begin until next May, Maling has decided to sign with London-based Harlequins for the intervening period.

Maling will join fellow former All Blacks Pita Alatini and Alama Ieremia at Suntory.