Ben Smith to leave All Blacks following 2019 season after signing with French club Pau

Ben Smith has confirmed he's leaving the All Blacks.

The fullback has announced he'll join French club Pau after next year's Rugby World Cup in Japan.

The 32-year-old took to social media to inform Highlanders fans of his big move.

"Hey team just thought I would let you know that my family and I are heading over to France at the end of next year," said Smith.

"It's been a tough decision, but we are looking forward to a new challenge. The Highlanders, Otago and the All Blacks have been teams that I have always dreamed of playing for.

"I feel pretty privileged to have played for all those teams, but first off looking forward to a big 2019 and the challenges that that brings."

Smith is a two-time Rugby World Cup winner who's played 75 Tests for New Zealand.

The All Blacks confirmed the news today.

All Black Ben Smith during the Investec Rugby Championship match. All Blacks v South Africa. Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand. Saturday 15th September 2018. © Copyright Photo: Grant Down /
New Zealand's Ben Smith pictured playing against South Africa on 15 September, 2018. Source: Photosport

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