Jaco Kriel: Japan is the right move for me now

He is set to miss this season's Currie Cup campaign after signing a 2-year deal with the Kubota Spears.

Jaco Kriel. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - Lions flanker Jaco Kriel has told EWN Sport his move to Japan will improve his skills.

Kriel is set to miss this season's Currie Cup campaign after signing a two-year deal with the Kubota Spears in Japan. He will leave South Africa after the current Super Rugby season and return to the Emirates Lions in time for the 2017 Super Rugby season.

He believes his move to Japan will heighten his love for the game.

"It's going to be a new challenge for me. We went to Japan on tour in the beginning of the year and I really liked the set up and how they did things. I believe something new in my career will do me good at the moment."

The flanker says he asked some of his teammates that have played in Japan and got nothing but positive feedback.

"Everyone I spoke to had good things to say. Obviously the first few months will be a little difficult but I believe I will do well as time goes on."

Kriel says his move to Japan won't interfere with his duties with either the Emirates Lions or the Springboks.

"I absolutely love the Lions and I will support them whenever I can. I would love to still play for them. I believe this Japan deal will be good for my career. I will always be there for international duty because it is still a dream for me to play for the Boks."