The lure of lucrative contracts in the northern hemisphere is showing no signs of abating with the news that yet another All Black is set to make the move north.
George Moala, capped four times by the All Blacks and currently plying his trade for the Auckland Blues, has signed a three-year contract with Top 14 heavyweights Clermont Auvergne.
Moala’s last appearance for the All Blacks came in their now infamous defeat to Ireland at Soldier Field in Chicago. Moala scored the game’s first try that day but was unable to prevent his side from falling to their only defeat to Ireland in their history.
Since that game, Moala has failed to make an appearance for Steve Hansen’s side in 2017 with the likes of Anton-Lienert Brown, Ngani Laumape and Jack Goodhue all getting ahead of the 27-year-old and the likes of Ryan Crotty and Sonny Bill Williams continuing to flourish.
ASM Clermont Auvergne sports director Franck Azéma said:
“This versatile player has a profile that we did not have in our squad. It will bring a lot of density to the middle of the field. He is an excellent defender and an attacker who can make the difference both on his supports and on his physique.
“The Blues are one of the most offensive Super Rugby teams, like us, they are focused on the movement game and we are certain that this will allow George to find in Clermont the whole environment to flourish and help us achieve our goals. With nearly 70 matches in Super Rugby and four selections with the Blacks, he is an experienced and very high-level player who will set his bags in Auvergne next summer.”