One of the star hires for the next season was that of Stade Francais with Ngani Laumape. The center ex All blacks signed with the cast of Gonzalo Quesada. Despite this, the President of Toulon Bernard Lemaître He assured that he was close to playing for his club, but something or someone made him change his mind at the last minute.
At a press conference, the top leader of Toulon hinted that Laumape had closed his incorporation to the club. When asked about the New Zealander’s change of mind, Lemaitre outlined that his fellow Hurricanes and former Toulon, Julian Savea was the one who influenced this definition.
“We had hit the nail on the head and at the last minute, not the player but probably his wife, they decided on another city,” said the president. But he also added: “Certain statements made by one of his former All Black teammates, who left us, might have made you think. This player went elsewhere. We are sorry because we have done a great job trying to catch him coming.”
After the rumors, Savea was not silent and absolutely denied what was installed. It should be noted that the current Hurricanes wing had problems in his last years in Toulon. His fight with the former owner of the French club, Boudjelall was known around the world oval and the crossing of statements echoed.
“I didn’t need to convince anyone not to sign with Toulon. The reputation of that club for treating its players speaks for itself,” Savea said.
Laumape himself stepped in to calm things down. “Julian only told me good things about Toulon. With my partner, we just chose to experience Parisian life. There is no need for such obnoxious comments.”