Brett will not rule out Northern Hemisphere move


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Stephen Brett has played down talk that he will move to the Northern Hemisphere next year but admitted that he was still looking at his options.

New Zealand’s TV3 reported that Brett would move to the northern hemisphere if he was not selected on the All Blacks’ end of year tour and they even suggested the Tana Umaga-coached Toulon club was an option.

Brett however said that this was news to him but was cagey about his future plans after coming off contract with the New Zealand Rugby Union at the end of the year.

“I can’t talk to you about things like that, you know that,” he told The Press.

“There’s always an option to go overseas. I’ve spoken to a few people about it and apparently it’s a pretty good lifestyle.”

Brett also denied that his decision would hinge on whether he was selected for the All Blacks. “Not at all.”

He was reluctant to further discuss his future, stating: “I’ve just got to keep these things close to myself.”

It would come as something of a surprise if 22 year old Brett decided to move North before playing international rugby but it would also be a blow for New Zealand rugby.

Brett is a silky runner, possessing a neat shift of pace and ability to find gaps from set play. His skills make him the leading candidate to fill the Crusaders No.10 spot that Dan Carter will leave vacant when he takes his sabbatical to play for French club Perpignan.

Brett had been considered as a frontrunner to fill the All Blacks’ No.12 jersey left vacant by Aaron Mauger and Luke McAlister but Ma’a Nonu was preferred, with Stephen Donald as his back-up.

Brett played 12 matches for the Crusaders this year and it was expected that he would feature in the Super 14 play-offs, but Robbie Deans selected Tim Bateman instead for the business end of the competition.

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