Ben Smith is one of New Zealand’s most prized assets.
Although the All Blacks maybe dominating the rugby world right now, New Zealand rugby fans live in anxious times.
At present, the NZRU’s campaign to introduce global calendar looks to have faltered, while the RFU have dismissed their demand for a cut of the revenue generated in the northern hemisphere during the November series.
Not only that, but it now appears a number of European clubs are making moves to sign some of All Blacks’ best players including Aaron Cruden, Owen Franks and now Ben Smith.
The news come after reports in France emerged overnight, linking Smith with a move to Pau.
Although BFM.TV claim that Toulon and a number of English clubs also made approaches for the fullback, the Pyrenean club are close to finalising a deal for the All Black vice captain.
The news would come as a blow to New Zealand, as Smith is considered to be among the best players in the game.
It will also send shivers down the spines of administrators in the NZRU, who are struggling to fend off wealthy European clubs.
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena