All Blacks Sam Whitelock chased by wealthy French club Toulon
The locks current contract expires at the end of the season
They’re also chasing All Black centre Malakai Fekitoa
Mourad Boudjellal, the president of rich French club Toulon, is reported to have sounded out All Blacks lock Sam Whitelock about a move to Europe.
Whitelock, who is off contract with NZ Rugby after the All Blacks’ series against the British and Irish Lions this winter, would be a prized signing for Toulon who are on the hunt for a world-class second rower to embed in their pack.
They’ve also been linked with a move for All Black centre Malakai Fekitoa as they look to fill the void that will be left by Matt Giteau, who departs the three-time European champions.
If Boudjellal managed to snare the signature of the 28-year-old Whitelock, who has played 84 tests since 2010, it would be considered a blow for NZ Rugby. who have already lost flanker Steve Luatua to Bristol.
All Blacks captain Kieran Read has already signalled he is keen to re-sign through to the 2019 World Cup.
Toulon already have former All Blacks midfielder Ma’a Nonu on their books and French publication L’Equipe said another New Zealander – Whitelock – is also being targeted.