With Lima Sopoaga’s confirmed departure to Wasps at the end of the upcoming Super Rugby season still fresh in the minds of All Blacks supporters, there is further concerning news surrounding three players who have either donned of come close to wearing the famous black shirt in recent times.
According to a report in the NZ Herald, Charles Ngatai, Seta Tamanivalu and Jordan Taufua are all strongly considering moves to the northern hemisphere.
The report, by Liam Napier, states that Ngati is close to agreeing on a move to Lyon while Tamanivalu is close on the verge of a deal with Bordeaux Begles, formerly coached by new France boss, Jacques Brunel. Both deals are understood to earn the duo in excess of $500,000 (NZD) per season.
Ngatai made his All Blacks debut against Samoa in 2015 while he also captained the Maori All Blacks against Fiji in the same year. The 27-year-old Chiefs midfielder featured for the Maori against the British and Irish Lions during the summer.
Tamanivalu has made three appearances for the All Blacks which all came in 2016 but didn’t make see any game-time during 2017 with Steve Hansen’s side well covered in the midfield positions.
For Taufua, it is reported that he could be eyeing up a move in Japan or France with many players already ahead in the pecking order in his position believed to be the reason for looking elsewhere.
All three players could be considered on the fringes of the All Blacks squad which puts them at higher risk for moves abroad where they can dramatically increase their income.