Faumuina off to France

All Blacks prop Charlie Faumuina has agreed to join French Top 14 side Toulouse for the next European season in 2017.

The 30 year old has played 46 times for the All Blacks, including the 2015 World Cup final, and has represented the Blues in Super Rugby since 2009.

RNZ reports he will still compete in next year's Super Rugby competition before heading to the northern hemisphere in time for the French season according to Sky Sports UK.

Faumuina said it was a difficult decision to leave New Zealand but he was excited by the opportunity in Europe.

"I would just like to thank New Zealand Rugby, the Blues and Auckland Rugby, for everything they have done for me throughout my career," Faumuina said.

"I'm looking forward to my last season in New Zealand, making it a successful one with the Blues and hopefully getting the chance to play for the All Blacks."