Julian Savea has confirmed he will be leaving New Zealand at the end of the 2018 Investec Super Rugby season to join French Top 14 club Toulon.
New Zealand Rugby, Hurricanes and Wellington Rugby have collectively praised Savea for his massive contribution to rugby in New Zealand.
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Savea played 54 tests for the All Blacks, scoring 46 tries, second only to Doug Howlett on the all-time try-scoring records for New Zealand.
New Zealand Rugby Chief Executive Steve Tew said Savea had won fans all over the world with his speed and size making him a powerful attacking weapon for any side he represented.
“Julian goes with our blessing and we know that French rugby fans will quickly embrace him as their own. We thank Julian for his contribution to rugby in New Zealand and we wish him and his family well for their move to Toulon.”
All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said: “Jules can be incredibly proud of everything he has achieved in the black jersey. He is a devastating ball runner who inspired others with his physicality and try-scoring prowess. On behalf of all the All Blacks, we want to wish Julian and his family all the very best and thank him for everything he has done for the All Blacks.”