Bristol Rugby reported to have offered ANOTHER All Black £1m to sign for them

Bristol Rugby’s willingness to show their financial muscle has been exposed again this weekend according to an interview with a French rugby club owner.

In an interview from the Mail on Sunday, Montpellier’s billionaire owner Mohed Altra, who tries to invest in Gloucester earlier this year, gave an eye-opening glance behind the scenes of the current rugby transfer market.

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Talking about the deal to bring All Black fly-half Aaron Cruden to the Top 14 club, Altrad said: ‘We signed Aaron Cruden because he proved something with the All Blacks.

“We offered him €800,000 [£715,000] a year. His agent told me Bristol had offered more than €1million, yet he chose to join us.”

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In the end, Bristol signed 31 cap Ireland international Ian Madigan from French side Bordeaux Begles.

Bristol Rugby commented on the suggestion, saying it is not within their policy t to comment on speculation surrounding recruitment.

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