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Jerome Kaino's new Top14 club was let slip on Twitter

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Former All Black Jerome Kaino. Photo / Getty Images

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It has been revealed where now former All Black Jerome Kaino will play in France next season.

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On Tuesday he confirmed speculation that his time as an All Black had come to an end and that he would indeed be plying his trade in France in 2018/19.

“I want to thank NZRU, Auckland rugby, the Blues and the All Blacks for the opportunities and constant development I have been given. My coaches, managers, physios, Docs, staff, sponsors, media for the years of support and guidance.

“Finally and most importantly to my FAMILY and the FANS the people who have made my career here in NZ such a special experience, you have been amazing, I will forever be grateful.

“But for now it’s back to work with my @bluesrugbyteam brothers.”

Kaino has now been revealed as a Toulouse player.

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New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen said: “Jerome will leave New Zealand rugby with our best wishes. He’s had a long and distinguished career in the All Blacks jersey and brought a physicality and skill level to his game which made him the best in the world in his position.

“He can be rightly proud of everything he has achieved in the All Blacks, which included helping win two Rugby World Cups.

“I’d like to thank him for his service and also want to acknowledge his wife Di and the family for their outstanding support for him and the team over many years. It has certainly been appreciated and we wish them all the very best wishes for the next chapter of their lives.”

New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew added: “On behalf of New Zealand Rugby, I’d like to acknowledge everything that Jerome has done for the game in New Zealand. He’s had a massive impact in the Auckland, Blues and All Blacks jerseys.

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“He helped set the benchmark for modern loose forward play with his dominant performances over the years, highlighted by his outstanding play at the 2011 and 2015 Rugby World Cups.”

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