After weeks of rumours surrounding his future, Julian Savea has confirmed that he will be leaving the Hurricanes at the end of the Super Rugby season, having signed a deal with the Top 14 side Toulon.
The winger, who played 120 matches for the Hurricanes, and was capped 54 times by the All Blacks, leaves with the blessing and thanks of All Blacks coach, Steve Hansen, who said:
“Jules can be incredibly proud of everything he has achieved in the black jersey. He is a devastating ball runner who inspired others with his physicality and try-scoring prowess. On behalf of all the All Blacks, we want to wish Julian and his family all the very best and thank him for everything he has done for the All Blacks.”
Savea has not played for the All Blacks since facing the British and Irish Lions last year and does not appear to be in Steve Hansen’s plans.
Toulon captain Bastareaud welcomed the news that Savea would be joining the French side:
“This is big news for us, one of the best wingers in the world, I’m just happy for the club.” said the centre.
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