All Blacks Superstar Ben Smith Signs For European Club
All Blacks star Ben Smith will leave New Zealand and his side the Highlanders following the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan after agreeing a deal with French club Pau.
Pau club president Bernard Pontneau told French broadcaster RMC Sport on Tuesday that the 32-year-old will join the Top 14 outfit after next year’s global showpiece in Japan. The deal however, is only short-term, with Smith set to move to an unnamed Japanese club in 2020.
“We would have liked to have had this sorted earlier than this.” Pontneau said.
“He is is a great player, who will bring a lot to the team.”
““He will have a big impact with the group and our young players will be able to learn from a player of his magnitude. He’ll make them move faster.”
Meanwhile Ardie Savea has backed out of a verbal agreement to join Pau, opting to instead stay in New Zealand, while Kieran Read is reportedly edging closer to a move to Racing 92.