The always outspoken Mourad Boudjellal has started a new column with Eurosport this week and already has taken aim at one player, Dan Carter.
Boudejella had promised he would not hold back with his views and so, Carter, a current Racing 92 player and two times former World Cup winner with New Zealand was on the end of a severe tongue lashing, with the Toulon boss, for taking a big money deal with the Koebe Stealers in Japan.
Excited to announce I’ll be joining Kobe Steel Kobelco Steelers rugby team in Japan for next season. These decisions are never easy but I must thank @racing92 for their support pic.twitter.com/TWrAUt6K2U
“Dan Carter told us this week that he is 35, 36, and is leaving for Japan,” said Boudejella. “But it must also be said that there is a beautiful financial project in a league where there are 10 matches including eight to play against one-legged players.
“This is not something that makes a rugby player dream of going to Japan. This is just dreaming of his tax inspector. It is normal that he wanted, for his old age, to have a more juicy contract.”
The Toulon boss, who has himself been criticised in the past over players’ big salary fees, added that he believed the move also happened because Carter would have seen a ‘significant drop’ in his Racing 92 pay.
With the departure of Carter, Racing 92 have made two big signings themselves, with South Africa’s Pat Lambie joining the side and also young Scotland No 10 Finn Russell will join from Glasgow Warriors at the end of the current season.
Carter, 35, who is at the backend of his career, will join the Steelers following the end of the current season having helped his side to the Top 14 title in 2016. He will also link up with former Canterbury, Crusaders and All Blacks halfback Andy Ellis at the Japanese club.
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