Two ex-Māori All Blacks are feeling at home in Tokyo

It's day two for the Māori All Blacks in Tokyo, and in the lead-up to their second match against Japan, they've been training at the Suntory Rugby Club.

While the Māori All Blacks had a couple of days of lighter training sessions, Te Kāea visited another club, the Canon Eagles Rugby Club, to catch up with a couple of ex-Māori All Blacks who've set up home here in Tokyo.

It's a different lifestyle in Japan but an enjoyable one for two rugby players and their families.

It's been four years since Callum Bruce from Ngāti Kahungunu, and his family made the move to Tokyo and they're expecting their second child in the new year.

Callum has picked up the language and is at ease with the Japanese customs after signing with the Canon Eagles rugby club in 2010 following Super 15 campaigns with the Highlanders and Chiefs.

Fellow ex-Māori All Black Karl Lowe is also based at the club, arriving in April this year after five years with the Hurricanes.

Despite only being here for a few months, his family is settling in very well and adjusting to their new home.

However, both players still miss certain aspects of New Zealand.

Its clear home is where you make it, and for the next little while that's Tokyo for Callum and Karl.

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