Chiefs midfielder Charlie Ngatai confirms move to France

The midfielder will move to France at the end of the Super Rugby season.
The midfielder will move to France at the end of the Super Rugby season. Photo credit: Photosport

Chiefs' midfielder Charlie Ngatai has confirmed he will be leaving the franchise at the end of the Super Rugby season.

The 27-year-old will join a French rugby club, but isn't in a position to confirm which one, however he did say it is a two-horse race between Lyon and Toulouse.

"I'm likely looking to head overseas, and more likely over to France, at the end of the season," Ngatai told reporters on Tuesday.

"It's one of those ones [Toulouse or Lyon], so we're still working through that, and hopefully in the next few weeks it can be finalised."

Ngatai has played one Test for the All Blacks In 2015 against Samoa in Apia and has been a regular selection when fit, for the Maori All Blacks since his 2012 debut.

Over the past two seasons, the centre has struggled with concussion after sustaining a head knock against the Highlanders in May 2016.

He cited that his on-going concussion was a big reason for him decide to leave at the end of the season. 

"You never know when you can get concussed or when your career can fall short so that's another reason why we looked over[seas] as well, you never know when your career's going to finish.

"I've said to my wife before that I want to take them overseas and experience what I've experienced due to travelling."

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