Julian Savea remained on the outer as his French club Toulon slipped to their 11th loss of the season.

Toulon lost 21-18 at home to Montpellier to remain 10th on the Top 14 table.

Savea, who is on a reported annual salary of $1.65m, hasn’t featured for a month since he drew the anger of club owner Mourad Boudjellal for his poor form

He had been given a ray of hope when coach Patrice Collazo included him in an expanded 27-man squad for the Montpellier match but he was one of four players dropped with Daniel Ikpefan again taking his place on the left wing.

Savea has been dropped for the last three matches, two of which Toulon have won.

But Toulon’s latest loss means they have won just eight matches this season to go with 11 losses.

Fellow All Black Liam Messam was the only Kiwi to feature for Toulon against Vern Cotter’s Montpellier outfit.

Toulon led 15-7 at the break but their performance was littered by “mistakes and ill-discipline”, according to French reports who also felt they had two costly decisions go against them.

Savea is in the first season of a two-year deal but Boudjellal has indicated he doesn’t want the All Blacks star around because he hasn’t been able to impact his game on the French scene.

Toulon have seven Top 14 matches left this season and play away to Lyon this weekend.

Savea will be hoping the latest loss might see coach Collazo look at changing his playing mix.


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