Could Chiefs' Ben Tameifuna play for France? Racing Metro move confirmed

Chiefs prop Ben Tameifuna has confirmed his shift to French rugby club Racing Metro later this year.

The 23-year-old will head to the wealthy European side to join the likes of Dan Carter and Casey Laulala.

Tameifuna had been tipped for All Black honours and was part of their wider training squad in 2012, but he could now be throwing his allegiance towards his new home country France.

There is some thought that Tameifuna may try to get his French residency so that he can pull on the tri-colours.

"I haven't really thought about it, obviously just finish off the Chiefs campaign."

The Auckland-born front rower is eligible for Tonga at his year's Rugby World Cup but he admits it's unlikely he hasn't really been focusing on it, just been focusing on his Super Rugby season.

Tameifuna has played 50 games for the Chiefs, having made his debut back in 2012 against the Blues, and he's surprised himself how far he's come since then.

"I think I've developed quite a bit, come in as a 19-year old didn't know if I was good enough to be rubbing shoulders against the likes of Lats ( Tanerau Laitmer), Liam (Messam) and Richard (Kahui), four years later I'm still here."

Tamiefuna has become a cult figure for Chiefs fans with his try scoring exploits close to the line.

The Chiefs will be hoping he can help keep their Super Rugby title aspirations alive when they face the Highlanders in Dunedin on Saturday night.

Popular Chiefs prop Ben Tameifuna is heading to France later this year and could be looking to eventually play for his new home. Source: 1 NEWS


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