As international rugby returns and All Blacks tests are once again a staple of Kiwi weekends, another player has set his sights on greener pastures in Japan.
The number of top New Zealand players inking either short term or permanent offshore deals is rising, with one of the country's more passionate and outspoken players the latest to announce a move.
Hurricanes co-captain and All Blacks halfback TJ Perenara, one of New Zealand's two best halfbacks for the last decade, is heading to Japan to play for Osaka-based NTT DoCoMo Red Hurricanes.
Perenara will link up with the club after the Rugby Championship through until May 2021 and will miss next year's Super Rugby Aotearoa campaign. He leaves as a constant in the international set-up and arguably at the top of his game.
He intends to return to New Zealand once his contract expires.
While Perenara has struggled to displace Aaron Smith as the starting number nine, he has had no shortage of game time, with 65 test caps since debuting in 2014 along with World Cup gold and bronze medals.
Perenara joins a long list of players who have been swayed to sign on in the Japanese Top League.
Beauden Barrett, Brodie Retallick and Sam Whitelock are current players who have or will head north to the land of the rising sun. The likes of former All Blacks skipper Kieran Read, Dan Carter, Ben Smith, Aaron Cruden, Liam Squire, Matt Todd, Richard Kahui, Andy Ellis, Augustine Pulu – among many others – have or continue to enjoy stints there.
Wayne Smith and Robbie Deans spent time there in coaching roles.
So why is Japan managing to pluck players from under New Zealand's nose?
New Zealand Rugby head of professional rugby Chris Lendrum gave an insight into what makes Japan such an attractive destination for players. He says it has a high-tempo style of play that is typically easier on the body when compared to other leagues around the world, particularly Europe.
There are also financial benefits commercially that are not as easy to come by in the New Zealand game.
"From a salary and welfare perspective, that has an obvious attraction for players who potentially have had long Super or international careers and are looking to refuel body, mind and wallet for maybe another few years," Lendrum said.
The country's culture has a part to play as well.
"Japan's a place I've always wanted to play and it's a place that I've always enjoyed being, it's definitely somewhere me and my family did want to go," Perenara said.
"The people, the respect that people have over there, the culture within Japanese environments is something that I really enjoy.
As well as that, Perenara notices similarities between Japan and New Zealand's indigenous cultures.
"It's a lot like Māori and how we live, and I like that they're so in touch with their cultural heritage."
The injection of Kiwi blood in Japan that is so widely noted also appealed to Perenara, who will not be short of familiar teammates.
"Marty Banks is in the team; Tom Marshall just signed there from Gloucester."
"Seeing Tom actually come from Gloucester where our coach comes from as well, that actually spoke volumes to me seeing a player go from one club to another with a coach means they enjoyed the system or coaching style. I was impressed with that," he adds.
However what is echoed among Barrett, Retallick, Whitelock and now Perenara, is the goal of achieving glory in the black jersey, with eyes set on the 2023 World Cup.
Perenara hopes he can come back for a second spell in New Zealand.
"That's the goal, to be able to go over there and give everything I've got for that club, and then be able to come back here and play for the Hurricanes and the All Blacks.
"The opportunity to come back really appealed to us, too."