Rocky Elsom out for season, then set for Japan

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Last updated 11:38 29/06/2012
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MOVING ON: Former Wallabies' captain Rocky Elsom has signed to play with Kobe Steel in Japan.

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Former Wallabies' captain Rocky Elsom has signed for Japanese club Kobe Steel and injury means he has almost certainly played his last match for the New South Wales Waratahs this season, the Super rugby team's coach Michael Foley said on Thursday.

Elsom, one of the world's best blindside flankers when fit, has managed just three games in an injury-blighted 2012 campaign.

"Rocky is still recovering from a shoulder injury and it's getting better all the time, but we probably won't see him this year unfortunately," Foley told reporters.

"He's signed to play in Japan and we wish him well."

Elsom, 29, played over 60 matches for the Sydney-based Waratahs in his first stint from 2003-2008 before heading to Ireland where he helped Leinster win the Heineken Cup in 2009.

He returned to Australia soon after and led the Wallabies for the best part of two seasons before being replaced as captain by James Horwill just weeks out from last year's World Cup in New Zealand.

Elsom was omitted from Australia's squad for the recent tests against Scotland and Wales, effectively ending his 75-test career.

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