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All Black Centre Malakai Fekitoa Confirms Move To France

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 14: Malakai Fekitoa of the Highlanders looks on during team warmup ahead of the round 17 Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Reds at Forsyth Barr Stadium on July 14, 2017 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Dianne Manson/Getty Images)

Highlander and All Black centre Malakai Fekitoa has confirmed via social media that he will join Top 14 outfit Toulon for the upcoming season.

The 25-year-old has seen his international career stifled in recent months due to the re-emergence of Sonny Bill Williams and has since decided to move abroad.
The 24 timed capped All Black took to social media to confirm his departure via social media saying,

“I wanted to let you all know that after a lot of thought I have decided to join Toulon (RCT) at the end of the year.”

The New Zealand Rugby Union have also confirmed the news,

Although the Tongan born no.13 has decided to set sail for pastures new, he still has an integral role to play in the Highlanders’ quarter final against the Crusaders.

Fekitoa will link up with former New Zealand international Ma’a Nonu in the south of France and could be part of an all New Zealand 10-12-13 combination, with Luke McAllister also joining the Cote d’Azur team from Toulouse this season.

Toulon's centre Ma'a Nonu (R) avoids a tackle by Clermont's lock Arthur Iturria during the French Top 14 rugby union final match Clermont vs Toulon, on June 4, 2017 at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, outside Paris. / AFP PHOTO / THIERRY ZOCCOLAN        (Photo credit should read THIERRY ZOCCOLAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Fekitoa will join Toulon on a two year deal for an undisclosed sum, however one would imagine Mourad Boudjellal offered a hefty sum to entice him away from his adopted homeland.


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