Malakai Fekitoa’s main driver for leaving New Zealand after the provincial campaign for Auckland is to look after his family.
The 24-test All Black centre departs on a lucrative two-year deal to glamour French club Toulon.
“As a rugby player I always want to be No 1,” Fekitoa said. “If I can’t have that then why hang around and be
“If I can’t have that then why hang around and be third or fourth choice? I can’t control that. What I can control is my career and this weekend’s game.
“It was the hardest decision I’ve ever made because I’ve just started my career. Ninety per cent of fans disagree with it but I believe it is the right time for me to do that.
“I think it will make me a better player. I will grow and do something different. I felt I’ve been stuck in one spot for a wee while.
“I will be back, and that is what I’m looking forward to as well. I don’t know when but I will be back.”