Rugby: All Blacks halfback Brad Weber reportedly to join French club Stade Francais after World Cup

Brad Weber in action for the All Blacks
Brad Weber in action for the All Blacks. Photo credit: Photosport

All Blacks halfback Brad Weber seems primed to join the national team exodus after this year's World Cup in France.

Weber, 31, has played 18 tests for the national team, most recently against Wales at Cardiff last November, but has apparently slipped down the pecking order, behind Aaron Smith, Finlay Christie and Folau Fakatava.

With Fakatava likely sidelined by knee injury this year, Weber will battle Christie and TJ Perenara to back up first-choice Smith, but his future beyond the World Cup looks secure, with reports he's signed with French club Stade Francais.

Sitting second the Top 14 standings behind Toulouse, the Paris outfit currently has French international Morgan Parra holding down the No.9 jersey, but have lost South African James Hall to Racing 92 for next season.

The roster also includes Argentinian first-five Nicholas Sanchez and forward Macos Kremer, Springboks prop Vincent Koch, and French internationals Pierre-Henri Azagoh, Paul Gabrillagues and Baptiste Pesenti.

Traditionally, All Blacks veterans reassess their futures after each World Cup tournament, with first-five Richie Mo'unga and flanker Shannon Frizell already signalling they will join Toshiba Brave Lupus Tokyo in Japan.