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Former Hurricanes winger Savea ‘no longer welcome at Toulon’



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Former Hurricanes and All Blacks winger Julian Savea could return to New Zealand rugby after being told that he is free to leave Toulon and is not welcome at the club anymore.

Toulon are currently 11th in the Top14 and lost 19-10 to Agen and the club owner Mourad Boudjellal appears to have put much of the blame for the loss on Savea.

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Boudjellal says that 2015 Rugby world cup winner Savea who joined the French side last year from the Hurricanes can go back home to New Zealand.

“I’m going to ask for a DNA test. They must have swapped him on the plane (when he joined from Hurricanes). If I were him I would apologise and go back to my home country,” Mourad Boudjellal told French radio RMC.

“I told him he was released and he was no longer welcome at Toulon. He has got a year left on his contract. He can do what he wants.

“A year can be long for the club but especially for the player … for me he is released.

“His identical twin brother looks very similar to him … we will have at least learnt that certain physical similarities are very striking.

“Sometimes, some players come for the wrong reasons …”

Savea signed a two year contract with Toulon after he fell out of favour with the All Black coaches.

Toulon have already signed Savea’s former Hurricanes and 2015 All Blacks team mate Nehe Milner-Skudder for next season.

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