French clubs targeting signings of key Chiefs duo - report

Chiefs stars Liam Messam and Charlie Ngatai are the latest high profile names being targeted by cash-rich French clubs, according to reports out of Europe.

Having already lost names like Aaron Cruden, Tawera Kerr-Barlow and James Lowe to European sides, the Chiefs could be plundered again, with Messam and Ngatai viewed as ideal signings for Top 14 clubs, French newspaper Midi Olympique says.

Messam, 33, is reportedly being chased by Lyon, while Ngatai, 27, is wanted by Toulouse.

Both are contracted to the Chiefs and New Zealand Rugby for next season, however with both players down the pecking order for the All Blacks for the foreseeable future, the temptation of a European payday could be to great to turn down.

Liam Messam in action for the Chiefs. Source: Photosport


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TJ Perenara's auction of All Blacks Test jersey for 'long-time friend' seriously hurt in Muay Thai bout tops $3,000

An auction set up by All Blacks halfback TJ Perenara to support a friend injured in a freak accident during a Muay Thai fight on the weekend has reached $3,000.

Perenara threw his support behind Porirua kickboxer Ra Radden after he suffered a serious spinal injury while fighting last Saturday with a donation to Radden's Givealittle page as well as setting up an auction for one of his Test jersey's on TradeMe.

"My long time friend Ra Redden was competing in Muay Thai when he was involved in a freak accident," Perenara posted on his social media.

"I am auctioning off my test jersey to raise additional funds to go towards supporting Ra and his whanau.

"The journey ahead will be difficult, but any support we can provide will help.

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA - OCTOBER 01:  TJ Perenara of New Zealand runs with the ball during match between New Zealand and Argentina as part of Rugby Championship 2016 at Jose Amalfitani Stadium on October 01, 2016 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo by Gabriel Rossi/LatinContent/Getty Images)
TJ Perenara of New Zealand runs with the ball during match between New Zealand and Argentina as part of Rugby Championship 2016. Source: Getty

"The jersey is from the All Blacks vs Argentina test match on 30 September 2017 in Buenos Aires. The winner of the auction can decide whether or not they would like me to sign it also."

Radden, 26, was fighting for the light middleweight title against Gene Elbourne at the Honour 15 Muay Thai tournament at the Porirua Kennel Club when the accident happened.

Family spokesperson Mike Angove told the NZ Herald that Radden and Elbourne both hit the canvas during a reverse twist.

"Both fighters fell heavily with Ra on the bottom and Ra's head was on a really unfortunate angle and he sustained a neck injury," said Angove.

Redden received emergency surgery at Wellington Hospital to relieve pressure on his spinal cord after he fractured and twisted one of his vertebrae before he was flown to Burwood Spinal Unit in Christchurch for specialised care.

The auction, which currently sits at $3,000 after outdoing the old leading bid of $2,200 this morning, closes tomorrow night at 8:30pm.

The auction could be extended by Perenara.


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Richie and Gemma McCaw to transport Queen's Baton to Kaikoura today

Richie and Gemma McCaw are taking to the skies to be part of Commonwealth Games festivities today, with the pair set to fly the Wueen's Baton to Kaikoura as part of its nationwide tour ahead of next year's event.

The baton arrived at Auckland Airport Marae this morning ahead of next year's Gold Coast event. Source: 1 NEWS

The ex-All Black and ex-Black Stick will transport the baton from Queenstown to Kaikoura via helicopter with their expected arival time being 2:15pm.

Richie Patterson and Holly Robison were on hand to welcome the baton to New Zealand this morning. Source: 1 NEWS

After leaving Auckland yesterday morning, the Queen's Baton was taken around Queenstown, getting snapped at iconic locations such as Cecil Peak as well as on the Nevis Swing with Commonwealth Games bronze medallist and Olympic track cyclist Matt Randall.

The baton is on the final leg of a 230,000km voyage around the Commonwealth, with Kiwi athletes such as Sophie Pascoe, Dame Valerie Adams and Richie Patterson as well as the New Zealand public getting a chance to see it while it's in the country.

Next year's Commonwealth Games take place from April 4 to 15.

Richie McCaw and girlfriend Gemma Flynn with the Webb Ellis Trophy as they celebrate winning during the Rugby World Cup Final. New Zealand All Blacks v Australia Wallabies, Twickenham Stadium, London, England. Saturday 31 October 2015. Copyright Photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.Photosport.nz
Richie McCaw and girlfriend Gemma Flynn with the Webb Ellis Trophy as they celebrate winning during the Rugby World Cup Final. Source: Photosport


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