Ben Smith, Nehe Milner-Skudder & Ryan Crotty All Set For Moves To Europe
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All Black exodus.
As we come to the end of another Rugby World Cup cycle with the showpiece event set to take place in Japan next year, another drove of All Blacks look set to cash in on moves to Europe and beyond.
After their 2015 win in England we saw the likes of Dan Carter, Ma’a Nonu and Conrad Smith all back their bags and head to France, and now it appears some more big names are gonna be leaving New Zealand in 2019.
According to French publication Midi Olympique among those set to leave is Ben Smith, with the talented fullback reportedly set to join Pau on a short-term deal until the end of the 2019/20 season shortly he’s finished with the Rugby World Cup, before heading to Japan permanently afterwards.
Other top names likely to leave include Nehe Milner-Skudder, with the same report claiming he’s close to finalising a deal with Toulon, where he would link up with the likes of Julian Savea and Liam Messam.
Toulon are also in early talks with Ryan Crotty, who’s also attracted interest from Lyon.