Outspoken Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal has made it clear that former All Black star Julian Savea has no future at the club.

Savea’s time on the Mediterranean coast has been a disaster. He has failed to show the form that made him a marquee signing for Boudjellal when he joined from Hurricanes last summer. The 28 year old has scored only two tries try for a struggling Toulon side.

He made headlines for the wrong reason when he escaped unhurt after falling asleep at the wheel of his car.

Boudjellal accepted that this would be a transition season for Toulon. But he lost his cool after Saturday’s 19-10 defeat at Agen. And he directed his fury at the underperforming winger.

“Savea has nothing more to do with us”, the president told rugby paper Midi Olympique. “I don’t want him to wear the Toulon shirt again. He has to go. He still has a year left on his contract. He can do what he wants but I can be on his back constantly. It’s going to be a long time for him.”

Savea was a member of the World Cup winning squad in 2015, scoring eight tries. He earned 54 All Black caps and scored 46 tries. He responded to the criticism on Twitter. “Putting all the negativity behind me and heading into this week with a positive attitude whether I am welcomed or not I am still contracted to my team and I will continue to train week in and week out with my brothers.”

Savea hit back with this sensible and professional response:


Written by Colin Renton