Steven Luatua

Luatua wants back in black

Speaking to the Daily Mail Luatua revealed joining English club Bristol last year was incredibly difficult, mainly because of his ambitions to play for the All Blacks in the British and Irish Lions tour.

Luatua wasn't selected for the All Blacks during the tour because of his new signing despite being a standout performer in the back row.

"Giving up the All Blacks jersey, especially ahead of the Lions tour, was the hardest part," Luatua said.

"I do have ambitions to play at a World Cup, maybe in 2023."

Luatua, Whitelock to face ABs

And while we're at it we might throw in rising young wings Vince Aso and George Bridge as well, with Saturday's festive clash (early Sunday NZT) handed a predictable Kiwi flavour with the announcement of the Baabaas squad for the Killik Cup clash.

With the Baabaas coached by a pair of New Zealanders in Deans and his one-time Crusaders flanker Scott Robertson, there was always going to be a fair smattering of Kiwis in the mix for the clash against the All Blacks, and one to follow against Tonga at Thomond Park on November 10.

Steven Luatua sorry for wild red card tackle as Chiefs conquer Blues in Hamilton

The Blues were their own worst enemies as the Chiefs beat them again with a resounding six-try victory in Hamilton.

Steven Luatua has nobody to blame but himself and he knows it, after his red card just before half-time reduced the Blues to 14 men in Friday night's Battle of the Bombays clash, which the Chiefs won 41-26.

Scandal over pre-match information leak at Steven Luatua's new club

One of the side's players, Luke Arscott, had tactical information about the Sale Sharks' defence revealed to him by his brother Tom, a winger for the Sharks, the night before the two teams faced each other in January. Sale lost 24-23.

Tom Arscott's contract was terminated on January 20 after disciplinary action and Sale triggered an investigation by the Rugby Football Union.

Luatua's move to Bristol in the British summer for next season was announced on Tuesday.

Luatua heading to Bristol

RNZ reports the 25-year-old Blues player is expected to leave after the Super Rugby season.

Luatua has played 15 Tests for the All Blacks, debuting in 2013 and playing his most recent game against Italy on the 2016 end-of-year tour.

He will link up with his former Blues coach Pat Lam at Bristol.

"The signing of Steven - beating off competition from a number of high profile clubs - underlines the ambition of Bristol as well as Stephen Lansdown and the board's desire to drive us forward," head coach Mark Tainton told website bristolrugby.co.uk.