All Blacks and Highlanders winger Hosea Gear has joined the exodus of players leaving New Zealand by signing for French club Toulouse.
The Highlanders winger is expected to leave New Zealand Rugby at the end of this season.
New Zealand Rugby Union chief executive Steve Tew has confirmed Gear's departure but could not confirm what the contract was worth.
"I've got no feel for what Toulouse have offered," Tew told Stuff.
"The French have been a little bit quieter of late... let's hope it's not the awakening of their wallets.
"At the end of the day we negotiated a contract with Hosea that gave him the opportunity to make a decision now."
"Obviously we would have preferred to keep him here, but ultimately we will respect the decision he made."
Gear made his international debut in 2008 but even though three years ago Sir Graham Henry called him the best winger in the world he has only won 14 test caps for the All Blacks.
In 2012 Gear played six of a possible 14 tests but Hurricanes' winger Julian Savea has moved ahead of him in the selection order.
Gear has played 70 Super Rugby games for the Hurricanes and Highlanders.