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Ngatai set for France move

Reuters
Thursday, February 01, 2018

PARIS - One-Test All Black Charlie Ngatai has continued the exodus of fringe national players from New Zealand before the next Rugby World Cup as the centre will be moving to France, where he will play for Lyon.

"LOU Rugby is happy to announce the signing of Charlie Ngatai... who signed a two-year contract as of next season," the Top-14 team said in a statement on Tuesday.

The 27-year-old, whose only test for the All Blacks came in 2015, appeared set for a long stay in the team after the last World Cup in England but suffered a concussion in early 2016 that kept him out of rugby for more than 12 months.

"I'm likely looking to head overseas, and more likely over to France, at the end of the season," Ngatai told reporters in Hamilton earlier on Tuesday.

The Waikato Chiefs centre said his decision was influenced by the impact the concussion had on his career. He said he wanted to secure his financial future now rather than try to push his way back into All Blacks contention ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

"That's another reason why we looked overseas as well, you never know when your career's going to finish," he said, adding that the depth of talent in the All Blacks midfield would make it a challenge to break through.

"I guess a lot of it comes down to money. And then opportunity - there's a lot of young players coming through in New Zealand, and places in the All Blacks team are a lot harder."








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