USA captain Todd Clever has signed a contract with the NTT Shining Arcs in the Japan Top League.
Clever signed after his contract with Suntory finished at the end of the regular league season. As noted in a recent RuggaMatrix Podcast (Click Here), Clever said he was in a position negotiate a more lucrative deal as befits a national team captain and international star.
"I had a couple great season with Suntory Sungoliath winning both Top League and Japan Cup Trophies. I am leaving on good terms and will remain close to the Suntory Family," Clever said in a statement released on his website. "I had a tough decision to make on where I was going to play next year, a lot of things played factor in my signing with NTT. I am happy with all the terms and look forward to joining my new team."
NTT Shining Arcs RFC is owned by NTT Communications and is part of Japan's Top League Competition. The current coach is Masato Hayashi, The team is based in Ichikawa city, Chiba. The ShiningArcs won promotion to the expanded Top League of 14 teams at the end of the 2009-10 season.
Clever will join Isaac Ross from New Zealand and Darren Murphy from Australia. Other signings are expected at NTT.
The Shining Arcs finished 9th in the Top League this season. Clever is expected to join the team for the Japan Cup knockout competition this spring.