McAlister to sign for Toulouse

Star Blues and All Blacks midfielder Luke McAlister is set to sign a contract with French club Toulouse, and it is a contract reportedly worth a whopping NZ$892 600.

McAlister, who is the heir apparent to Aaron Mauger who is also heading for Europe after the World Cup, will be sorely missed in New Zealand rugby if the deal goes through, and many are baffled as to why the 23-year-old star is ready to turn his back on All Black rugby.

According to New Zealand newspaper the Sunday News, Toulouse spokesperson Celine Cluzel has confirmed a representative is in Auckland this week to secure McAlister’s contract.

Toulouse, who have lost the services of Frederic Michalak to the Sharks next year, are understandably eager to sign up a player of McAlister’s quality.

McAlister’s father and manager Charlie confirmed that negotiations are underway, and that his son is also being approached by Irish Heineken Cup champions Munster.

Charlie McAlister confirmed his son’s preference to play in Europe and not for the All Blacks.

“It doesn’t matter where he goes to but if it’s in Europe that’s great. If not it won’t be.”

Meanwhile it is reported that Sitiveni Sivivatu will not be leaving New Zealand shores at the end of year. This comes as a boost for the New Zealand Rugby Union, as they face an impending crisis with a host of their contracted players being courted by high-paying European and Japanese clubs.


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