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Elsom's Super Rugby career over as Japan beckons

Rocky Elsom is set to confirm his move to Japan

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Article Published: Thursday 28 June 2012|

Former Wallabies captain Rocky Elsom has already played his last game of Super Rugby in Australia as he will miss the last two Waratahs matches with a shoulder injury and it has been reported that he will move to Japan.

Elsom is set to announce that he will join the Japanese side Kobe Steel so the 29-year-old's next match could be in October when the Steelers season kicks off.

The former Brumbies captain also looks set to play in Europe between January and July next year and in 2014.

According to sources, French heavyweights Stade Francais and Toulouse are said to be the most interested in securing his services.

Elsom was a Wallaby from 2005 to 2008 before he left Sydney to play for Irish Province Leinster where he helped them win the Heineken Cup in 2009.

When Elsom returned to Australia later that year he joined the Brumbies and was also named Wallabies captain until last year when his captaincy was given to Reds captain James Horwill just months before the Rugby World Cup.

Since his return from the Northern Hemisphere his availability has been drastically reduced by a string of injuries including hamstring and shoulder injuries.

This season has been no different as he has played just three matches for the Waratahs which was not enough for the Waratahs to activate the second year in his contract.

At 29 Elsom could spend the next two years playing internationally and return to Australian rugby in time to press his claim for the 2015 Rugby World Cup but it is unlikely.

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