18 May, 15:44
It's down to the wire now for the five contenders who have been shortlisted for the ultimate individual accolade in northern hemisphere rugby, ERC European Player of the Year 2013.
"Japan might be for later in my career," said the 28-year-old who has conceded that his New Zealand days are probably over. "Vern Cotter contacted me a few months ago. He's a pretty convincing sort of guy and the deal was done quickly." Lauaki has signed a one-year contract with Clermont with an option of another year.
Drawn in a demanding Heineken Cup pool with 2009 champions, Leinster, Saracens and Racing Metro, Clermont kick off their campaign with a home game against Saracens on Saturday 9 October.