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    Higginbotham heading to Japan after 2015 Rugby World Cup

    Wallabies back rower Scott Higginbotham will put his international career on hold after this year's rugby World Cup and quit the Melbourne Rebels for a lucrative stint in Japan.

    Higginbotham will play Super Rugby this year and is expected to be named in the Wallabies squad for the September-October showpiece in England before heading overseas.

    The Rebels said on their website Higginbotham would take up a contract in the Japanese Top League.

    "I love the Rebels, and I also love every opportunity to play for my country; I'll always be grateful for the opportunities I have been given in Australia," Higginbotham said in a statement on Monday.

    "I'm so excited for the season ahead with the Rebels and the Wallabies, and all the success to be had in 2015."
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    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-01-0...season/6000938

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    I am a bit confused by his choice.

    Article seems to indicate he is leaving for "good" after world cup, I thought a new deal had been worked out so that players could take a sabbatical in Japan. Surely this would be the first option and then remain and not come back if you prefer it there towards the end of the sabbatical unless part of the agreement includes an item that you will be committed to Australia afterwards?

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    Especially since the captaincy of the rebels has done wonders for his game.

    He appears to have shaken off his sense of entitlement and started to work. Still plays a bit wide for my taste, but certainly better than some of the other gumps out there.

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