Julian Savea will be leaving New Zealand at the end of super rugby season in August to join French Top 14 Toulon.
The blockbusting winger who made his debut for All Blacks in 2012 has played 54 tests for New Zealand,scoring 46 tries as well as making more than 120 appearance for the Hurricanes.
New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen was quick to react after the 27 year old confirmed the move.
“Jules can be incredibly proud of everything he has achieved in the black jersey.He is a devastating ball runner who inspired others with his physicality and try-scoring prowess.On behalf of all the All Blacks,we want to wish Julian and his family all the very best and thank him for everything he has done for the All Blacks.”
Savea made his last appearance in the black jersey against British and Irish Lions in July 2017.He did miss the selection of the 33 man squad to take on France this June.
Hurricanes head coach said Julian has always put his heart and soul into it and we respect that greatly.
“For me Julian has been one of those guys who has been a one club,one province man who has always given everything he has for Ories,Wellington,the Hurricanes and New Zealand rugby.”