In 2018 Michael joined the Sunwolves of Super Rugby after having played 34 games for competition heavyweight, the Chiefs, since 2015.

The timing of Michael joining the Sunwolves is crucial as Japan prepares to build team combinations and momentum in the national team for the upcoming 2019 Rugby World Cup. With Michael`s vast experience at both international and Super Rugby level, he will be a genuine asset and will no doubt be influential in the team becoming a competitive side in this elite rugby tournament.