Rugby: Former All Black Julian Savea set for big move to Toulon

Julian Savea is set to be heading overseas, according to reports.
Julian Savea is set to be heading overseas, according to reports. Photo credit: Getty Images

Former All Blacks and current Hurricanes winger Julian Savea is set to leave New Zealand in a big-money move, according to French reports.

French website RMC Sport reports the left-winger is set to complete a move Toulon on a two-year deal at the conclusion of the Super Rugby season.

Savea eases the pressure on the impending exits of current backline stars Ma'a Nonu and Semi Radradra, while England international Chris Ashton has told the club he wishes to leave - but Toulon has denied these claims.

The 27-year-old hasn't played for the All Blacks since the third test against the British & Irish Lions, which ended in a 15-15 draw.

Since that third test, youngster Reiko Ioane has held onto the 11 jersey and Savea hasn't been able to force his way back into the national side.

Fellow former All Blacks and Chiefs captain Liam Messam is also joining the club next season.

Fellow New Zealanders Malakia Fekitoa and Alby Mathewson are currently contracted to the three-time European champions. 

It is understood that Toulon will confirm the singing in coming days.

Savea has played 54 tests for the All Blacks, scoring 46 tries.


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