Super Rugby Trans Tasman finalists, the Highlanders, will now bid farewell to four members of their current squad.
Michael Collins (centre), Siate Tokolahi (prop), Teariki Ben-Nicholas and Japanese international Kazunki Himeno (both loose-forwards) appear to have played their last games for the Dunedin-based team.
Collins, Tokolahi and Ben-Nicholas have been around the block for the Highlanders but Himeno departs after only one season and will be sorely missed after some wonderful shifts in the jersey, taking over the number 8 position from Fumiaki Tanaka. The 26 year-old Himeno has now joined up with Japan ahead of their clash with the British & Irish Lions this coming Saturday.
Collins will be furthering his career in Wales while Tokolahi heads to France. Ben-Nicholas' next move is not yet certain.