Former All Black Julian Savea to leave New Zealand for French club Toulon - report

Former All Blacks winger Julian Savea could be the latest New Zealand rugby star bound for Europe, with French media reporting that the Hurricanes flyer has penned a two-year deal with Toulon.

Savea, 27, hasn't featured for the All Blacks since the third Test against the British and Irish Lions last year, subsequently losing his place to the likes of Rieko Ioane, Waisake Naholo and Nehe Milner-Skudder.

According to French site RMC Sport, Savea will sign a two year deal with the French giants, replacing the likes of Ma'a Nonu and Semi Radradra.

Savea would join fellow Kiwis Alby Mathewson and Malakai Fekitoa in Toulon, while Liam Messam is also inbound at the end of the current season.

Savea has played 54 Tests for the All Blacks, scoring 46 tries.

The All Blacks' winger has been recalled to the starting side for the Eden Park clash.
Julian Savea Source: Photosport


'We can do it' - French flanker credits Richie McCaw inspiration ahead of second Test with All Blacks

France flanker Kelian Galletier is crediting legendary former All Blacks captain Richie McCaw with inspiring him, heading into this weekend's second Test match in Wellington.

Having lost the opening match of the three-Test series 52-11 in Auckland last week, France head into tomorrow's clash needing a victory to keep the series alive.

Speaking to media yesterday, Galletier revealed he's drawing inspiration from the double-World Cup winning captain, having watched McCaw's Chasing Great documentary.

"I watched a documentary on Richie McCaw and he said in it all of the time he's thinking about how he can win," Galletier said.

"I think psychology is really important in sport. If we believe we can win and take from everything around us, then maybe we can do it.

"So I believe in that, mentally it's important to start a game thinking about winning and then do all we can to make that happen."

Galletier will start tomorrow night's clash in Wellington, with France opting for a new look loose forward trio to try and claw their way back into the series.

The All Blacks legend somehow managed to come up with an answer to one very difficult question.
Richie McCaw. Source: Getty



All Blacks not fazed by ongoing tackling debacle – 'if there’s nothing there, leave it there'

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has compared head injuries in rugby union to a car crash, believing sometimes they're simply nobody's fault.

Hansen found himself once again defending his team's discipline as they build towards the second Test against France in Wellington.

Questions about the skull fracture suffered by French winger Remy Grosso in the first Test in Auckland riled Hansen on Thursday.

He has maintained his forwards Sam Cane and Ofa Tu'ungafasi were unlucky to connect with the head in a double tackle which earned nothing more than penalty.

Cries that at least one of the players should have been cited have come from as high as World Rugby vice-president Augustin Pichot.

Others have claimed New Zealand are treated leniently by referees because of their aura as the world's premier team.

Hansen said officials had got the Grosso decision right, pointing to the dynamic nature of a sport in which some injuries are unavoidable.

"Sometimes when you drive your car at the right speed limit and then a little kid runs right out in front of you, is it the kid's fault or your fault?" Hansen asked journalists.

"In our game things are fluid and they change and you can't stop something that you've committed to and someone's angle changes.

"We have to accept there are going to be some head knocks."

Cane isn't flustered by all the discussion either.

"It's easy when you look at it on a computer when they slow the camera down, you go, 'tap tap, look. he could have done that'. When you put it back to full speed, we're talking 'bang!'

"They go to the TMO. If there's nothing there, they go to the citing comissioner - hes got a job, if there's nothing there, lets leave it there."

Hansen said top flight players all have a duty of care to keep tackles down and to make sure they don't make the "dumb ones".

Meanwhile, the veteran coach offered a wry smile when asked to comment on a World Rugby statement released more than three days after the Eden Park Test.

The statement issued a "warning" to Tu'ungafasi.

"Not surprised. It takes a wee while for things to get over there. They're a long way away," Hansen said.

Sam Cane has been the subject of pundits after his hit on Remy Grosso, but he isn’t worried. Source: 1 NEWS