Home Rugby All Black Jerome Kaino Set To Announce Departure From New Zealand [Report]

All Black Jerome Kaino Set To Announce Departure From New Zealand [Report]

The last All Blacks Test which Jerome Kaino played in was the third and final match against the British and Irish Lions last summer and it looks like that could have been his last cap in the famous black shirt. 

Kaino did make a return in November in a match against the Barbarians but he injured himself in that game and was sidelined for some time due to the knee ligament damage he sustained.

The 34-year-old took time off after the Lions tour due to personal reasons and in that time, he fell down the All Blacks pecking order with Liam Squire, Vaea Fifita and Akira Ioane all vying for his position.

The 81-Test veteran has been subject to speculation surrounding a move abroad and according to a report today in the NZ Herald, Kaino will call time on his All Black career by moving to the Top 14 once this year’s Super Rugby season is complete.

It is understood that Toulouse are front-runners for the 34-year-old’s signature but there is also considerable interest from Toulon. One thing is for sure, there will be no shortage of suitors for a player of his quality and experience.

Kaino picked up an injury in the Auckland Blues’ final pre-season game in Warkworth which will be a concern for Tan Umaga and the rest of his coaching staff and due to that ankle knock, he is a doubt for the Blues’ opener against the Highlanders in Dunedin next weekend.

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