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VIDEO: Rene Ranger expanding rugby horizon to France?

Wednesday 27 Feb 2013 6:16 a.m.

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Centre Rene Ranger says his immediate focus is on the Blues and he's committed to turning out for Northland in the national provincial championship later this year.

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But there's a 50-50 chance that he could be playing his rugby overseas after that.

Sky TV's Reunion programme has reported that the three-Test All Black will leave for French club Montpellier at the end of the year.

But the 26-year-old Ranger says he hasn't signed anything and he's keeping his options open as to his future after he sees out his NZRU contract.

"It's a 50-50 game at the moment," he said on Wednesday.

"At the moment, it's still 100 per cent for the Blues and New Zealand for the year."

Ranger still harbours ambitions of adding to his All Blacks caps, all gained in 2010.

But if the right offer came along, it could be hard to resist.

"Everyone dreams of playing for the All Blacks," Ranger said.

"I played before and I would like to put the jersey back on again.

"At the end of the day, I'm trying to do well for the Blues.

"I guess if that offer comes and it's a good offer to go overseas, it could be on the cards."

Richard Kahui's move to Japan after the Chiefs' Super rugby season and Hurricanes skipper Conrad Smith's planned sabbatical have opened up spots in the All Blacks midfield.

But Ranger said there was still plenty of competition - including from the man he will mark at Eden Park on Friday night, Crusader Robbie Fruean - and no guarantees about getting selected.


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