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Savea set for Toulon exit

Savea’s current deal is set to expire in the summer, and despite continuing to feature regularly for the Top14 side, a series of underwhelming performances seems to have led the club to the decision that the player is not worth his lucrative wages.

A report in RMC Sport states that Toulon are willing to offload the 54-cap All Black in order to free up some space in their squad.

Savea joined Toulon from the Hurricanes in 2018, but has failed to make the desired impact at the French club.

Julian Savea confirms he will be at Toulon next season

Savea will line out for the final match of the season this weekend when Toulon play away to Castres.

It will bring the curtain down on a rocky 2018-19 campaign that saw the former All Black star's contract in jeopardy with wealthy Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal strongly criticising his Kiwi import and appearing ready to sack him after a struggling start in France.

"Last game of the season this weekend and I hope that next season you will see us in the final," Savea tweeted.

Milner-Skudder bids 'au-revoir' too

Toulon has confirmed that Milner-Skudder has signed a three year deal and will join them in June.

Milner-Skudder, 27, has played 13 Tests for New Zealand.

Since starring in the All Blacks' World Cup win in 2015, he's struggled with injuries.

The Hurricanes and Manawatu wing-fullback will join compatriots Julian Savea, Malakai Fekitoa and Liam Messam on Toulon's books.

Just when he joins Toulon exactly though depends on whether he makes the All Blacks world cup form, which based on current selections would seem unlikely.

Struggling Toulon beaten again

The three-time European champions have won only two of their eight Top 14 fixtures this season and Patrice Collazo saw the pressure on him mount against his former club.

La Rochelle had Ihaia West to thank for inspiring them to victory, the New Zealander having scored all of their points with a try, conversion and two penalties.

All Toulon could muster in response was a trio of three-pointers from Anthony Belleau, leaving them stuck in the bottom two, with only Perpignan keeping them off the foot of the table.

Cash lures the 'Bus' to Toulon

Savea is joining joining French club Toulon on a two year deal and will leave at the end of the Super Rugby competition.

The 27-year-old has played 54 tests for the All Blacks, scoring 46 tries, putting second on New Zealand's all-time try-scoring list behind only Doug Howlett.

Nick named the Bus Julian Savea made his debut for the All Blacks in 2012 against Ireland but struggled for form and fitness at times with his last test against the British and Irish Lions last year.

Nonu leaving French club Toulon

Nonu joined Toulon after winning the Rugby World Cup in 2015.

"Toulon warmly thanks Ma'a Nonu for his involvement and commitment during these three seasons and wishes him and his family the best for the future," said Toulon on their website, with Nonu having played 77 matches during his time at the French side.

The 36-year-old centre scored 14 tries in 77 matches for Toulon, who lost back-to-back Top 14 finals in 2016 and 2017.

On social media Nonu said:

Toulon tipped to sign Jerome Kaino

French media reports in December linked Kaino with Toulon as a replacement for Vermeulen, who will return to the Stormers for Super Rugby when Toulon's season ends.

Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal on Wednesday (Thursday NZ time) confirmed the 39-test Springbok was heading back to South Africa.

"Vermeulen is leaving, he will be replaced by an international level player that we will announce in the next 48 hours," Boudjellal said.

Mathieu Bastareaud: Toulon centre apologises for homophobic comment

Bastareaud, 29, apologised after the match but will face disciplinary action and, if found guilty, would face a minimum ban of six weeks.

The incident occurred in the last minute of a 36-0 Toulon victory in which Bastareaud scored a try.

He tweeted: "I want to apologise for my reaction to the player's insults."

The centre, who has won 42 France caps, added: "I reacted badly in responding to his provocation, I'm sincerely saddened that I could have hurt people."

Toulon offers staggering salary to Taulupe Faletau to move to French giants

The Rugby Paper are reporting controversial Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal is ready to hand Faletau's current employers Bath a whopping €500,000 transfer fee to buy the 70-times capped Wales No.8 out of the final year of his contract in the west country.

And the three-times kings of Europe are also said to be ready to offer the 27-year-old an eye-popping €1m a year deal to make the move across the Channel to the Stade Felix Mayol.

Jerome Kaino linked to French club

According to Midi Olympique, Kaino was in discussions with the Top 14 side during the All Blacks' recent Northern tour.

His current contract with New Zealand Rugby goes through to the end of the 2018 season.

Kaino had to return home during the French leg of the tour due to a posterior cruciate ligament injury suffered in the Barbarians match.

The 34-year-old, 81-test veteran, was fighting to resurrect his international career after being bumped down the loose forwards pecking order.