Queensland- bound Adam Thomson on the rampage for the Barbarians against he Wallabies last month.
Queensland- bound Adam Thomson on the rampage for the Barbarians against he Wallabies last month. GETTY IMAGES

All Black Adam Thomson now on Queensland Reds alert

WORLD Cup-winning All Black flanker Adam Thomson believes his new Super Rugby side Queensland Reds has the flair, talent and game-breakers to win next year's title.

The former Highlander, who played 30 Tests for the All Blacks and was part of New Zealand's triumphant 2011 World Cup campaign, has been plying his trade with the Canon Eagles in Japan for the past two years but has decided he wants to get back to the top level.

He and New Zealand-born Japanese international Hendrik Tui, a 27-year-old 110kg loose forward for the Suntory Sungoliath club in Japan, will join Queensland next season with Reds coach Richard Graham busy rebuilding his squad following key acquisitions of former Wallaby James O'Connor and ex-league international Karmichael Hunt.

At 32, Thomson has a lot of experience for Graham to call on and to provide some forward leadership, along with James Horwill in his farewell season.

The pair clashed recently when Thomson played for the Barbarians against the Wallabies but next season they'll form a dominant combination that could help Queensland regain some lost face after being Super Rugby champions just three years earlier.

Thomson ventured to Japan to get away from the heavy mental and physical toll of playing Super Rugby for the Highlanders but said he was now ready and energised to return with the Reds.

"When I left New Zealand, I was pretty beat up," he said from Japan.

"I'd been playing Super Rugby for a number of years and playing for the Highlanders, who are pretty brutal outfit, and then Test rugby (All Blacks) on top of that, so I guess the body was worn down mentally from doing the same thing over and over again.

"Back home we get six weeks off so there's a big difference when you do that for two years in a row.

"The mind is ready and the body is ready and I am looking forward to getting back into it."

Thomson said the Reds' open style was attractive to him.

"I think it will suit me. I love playing attacking rugby with a bit of flair, which was a big drawcard for going to the Reds," he said.

"They've got some exciting players who throw the ball around and have a crack.

"Just looking at the teamsheet, there's a lot of big names and a lot of talent. I am really looking forward to meeting them and seeing if we can put something together."

He admitted it would be tough playing against the Highlanders.

"I have thought a bit about it," he smiled..

"They're a pretty ruthless outfit the Highlanders, they won't forget.

"I'll always be a Highlander, they were the first team I played for and the only team I played for in New Zealand, so they will always hold a special place in my heart.

"But I feel like that chapter is closed and hopefully I won't get beaten up too much."


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