Another established New Zealand player is heading off to France at the end of the season, with the Hurricanes losing one of their top first five-eighths.
Current Top 14 champions La Rochelle have announced the signing of current Hurricanes flyhalf Ihaia West on a reported three-year deal according to L’Equipe.
West joined the Hurricanes this season as a backup option for Beauden Barrett following four seasons at the Blues where he played 44 times, after playing for New Zealand under-20s at the 2012 Junior World Cup.
The Blues traded West for the younger Otere Black late last season spelling the end of his time at the Blues. He famously scored the winning try over the touring British & Irish Lions in 2017.
La Rochelle signed the 26-year-old flyhalf as cover for the departing Brock James, who is heading to Bordeaux Eagles next year.