Flutey set for Japan switch?
April 2, 2012
Are Riki Flutey's days at Adams Park numbered? © Getty Images
Wasps and England centre Riki Flutey looks set to turn his back on the Aviva Premiership side and take up a contract in Japan.
With the yen proving a constant lure to many of rugby's top stars - with the likes of Ma'a Nonu, Fourie du Preez and James Haskell all opting for a switch to Japan - New Zealand-born inside centre Flutey is reportedly set to leave Adams Park at the end of the season and move to the Ricoh Black Rams.
Flutey last turned out for England prior to the 2011 World Cup and has struggled to find the same sort of form this season which saw him earn a British & Irish Lions Test cap back in 2009. His second spell with Wasps - with a move to Brive breaking up his stay at Adams Park - has been interrupted by injury and The Rugby Paper reports that a source close to Flutey claims he has agreed terms to move abroad.
"He [Flutey] spoke with Leon [Holden - former Wasps coach and now coach of Ricoh Black Rams] last year to see if he would be interested and that contact was followed up.
"The appeal is obvious - it is a nine-game season and the money on offer is on a par or above what clubs in France can offer.
"It is a new lifestyle and culture and would move him nearer to New Zealand."
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
Following the passing of Jack Kyle, Huw Richards pays tribute to arguably the finest player Ireland has produced
"When Mike Burton was sent off I thought the world had gone crazy - just Pommy bashing, hitting anyone." Behind the Rose heads back to 1975
The time for tinkering is over - England must nail their colours to the mast in key positions, writes Phil Vickery
"New Zealand-born Joe Schmidt has forged the Irish into a street-smart, well- prepared side," John Mitchell on the Irish renaissance