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Toulon Owner Mourad Boudjellal Keen To Add Another All Black To His Stable

French giants Toulon are interested in signing All Blacks star Israel Dagg, according to Midi Olympique.

Toulon’s billionaire owner Mourad Boudjellal reportedly wants the Crusaders man along with controversial Saracens winger Chris Ashton to replace Aussies Drew Mitchell and Matt Giteau, who are set to leave the three-time European champions in the coming months.

With rumours that winger Bryan Habana and Leigh Halfpenny could also leave the club, big change could be afoot.

The club have made a disappointing start to their domestic campaign, losing four of their eight games and currently lie in eighth in the table. They also made a losing start to their European Champions Cup campaign, losing 23-31 at home to current European kings Saracens.

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - APRIL 15: Israel Dagg of the Crusaders runs through to score a try during the round eight Super Rugby match between the Crusaders and the Jaguares at AMI Stadium on April 15, 2016 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)

Dagg is a 2011 World Cup winner and has 55 international caps to his name. He enjoyed a fantastic Rugby Championship campaign, finishing as the tournament’s joint top try scorer with five tries alongside team-mate Ben Smith.

A full back by trade, Steve Hansen’s experiment of playing him on the wing proved to be an inspired decision, as he terrorised opposition defences with his pace and clever lines of running.

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Dagg is contracted to the New Zealand Rugby Union until 2017 but removed a ‘get out’ clause earlier this year.

Having returned to the All Blacks squad after missing out on selection for last year’s World Cup and with the Lions series next summer, he may opt to stay at home. However, the former Highlanders star, who has made nearly a hundred appearances in Super rugby, maybe tempted to Europe by what would surely be a massive amount of cash.

If the Marton-born star were to move to the south of France, he would link up with former New Zealand team-mate Ma’a Nonu who joined the club after last year’s World Cup.

Hefin Jones, Pundit Arena

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