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Kieran Read offered massive $2 million-a-year deal in France after RWC - report

All Blacks captain Kieran Read has reportedly been offered a $2 million-a-year deal to play in Europe after next year's Rugby World Cup.

French publication Midi Olympique reports Racing 92, the team who signed former All Blacks first-five Dan Carter after the 2015 RWC, has offered Read a €1.2 million (NZ$2 million) a season deal.

The reported deal comes after the 33-year-old revealed earlier this month he was likely to leave NZ rugby after next year's tournament so that he and his family could have an overseas experience together.

At the conclusion of next year's tournament, Read will be 34, having played his third World Cup with at least two victories in 2011 and 2015.

He will have also played almost 50 Tests as an All Blacks captain, won Super Rugby championships with the Crusaders, been named World Player of the Year (2013) and played against the British and Irish Lions - leaving not much if anything to cross off in an illustrious New Zealand Rugby career.

Read told the New Zealand Herald while retirement was an option too, going offshore to give his kids an overseas experience was the "main option at the moment".

Read first captained the All Blacks in 2012, doing so another eight times before he took over full time from Richie McCaw in 2016.
 

Kieran Read holds aloft the Bledisloe Cup
Kieran Read holds aloft the Bledisloe Cup Source: Photosport


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