French club Pau are looking to add to the All Blacks’ recent player exodus, reportedly targeting the signatures of star duo Ben Smith and Ardie Savea.
According to a report in French site Rugbyrama, former All Blacks and Pau coach Simon Mannix is looking at adding the duo to his ranks, hoping to mount a challenge in the Top 14.
In particular, 32-year old Smith could loom as a likely signing, with his New Zealand Rugby contract containing a termination clause that could see him move overseas after the 2019 World Cup in Japan.
Savea on the other hand, could seek a move away after next year’s World Cup, seemingly behind Sam Cane in the pecking order for the number seven jersey, while brother Julian traded Wellington for French outfit Toulon earlier this year.
Pau’s ranks are littered with former All Blacks, with the likes of Conrad Smith, Colin Slade, Tom Taylor, Benson Stanley, Jamie Mackintosh and Carl Hayman all having represented the club.