Rugby: Former All Black Julian Savea in French club fracas

Former All Blacks winger Julian Savea was at the centre of an on-field fracas during the French Top 14 clash between Toulon and Stade Francais.

Toulon's Savea had a verbal and physical exchange with Stade flanker Sekou Malacou, which saw the French international’s brother charge onto the field from the stands.

Homeside Stade, which ran out comfortable 37-10 winners, face fines and sanctions for failing to secure the ground from spectator invasion.

Both Savea and Malacou were yellow-carded after the brawl involving more than 20 players.

Malacou’s brother ran onto the pitch holding a flag in the pink colours of Stade, but was not able to get at Savea, who was protected by former All Blacks teammate Liam Messam.

After being ushered off the pitch by security, he then flared up in rage again, holding off a steward, before angrily pointing a flag in the direction of both Savea and Messam.

The loss leaves Savea's side near the bottom of the competition in 12th place.