The pass began on Monday when the president of RC Toulon, Bernard Lemaître, presented the recruitment of the Var club for next season. During this press conference, the Toulon leader suggested that the recruitment of a New Zealand player (Ngani Laumape) had collapsed because of the former All Black, Julian Savea, who had been particularly catastrophic during his visit. at RCT (2018-2020). In contact with the RCT, Laumape - New Zealand center with 15 selections with the black jersey - finally signed up with Stade Français Paris, to compensate for the departures of Gaël Fickou (Racing 92) and Jonathan Danty La Rochelle).
I can tell you regarding the center three-quarter position that we were on the trail of a very, very impressive player. I think we were in the nails given our proposal. But ultimately, not the player but undoubtedly his wife, preferred another city than that of Toulon as a living environment. It certainly influenced the player,
”said Bernard Lemaître.
Before the president adds: “
I also believe that certain remarks made by one of his former All Blacks colleagues
who has passed away, may have made us think.
This player went elsewhere.
We regret it because we did an enormous job to try to get him to come.
"In the process, Julian Savea was quick to react on Twitter by posting a scathing:"
I did not need to convince anyone not to sign with RCT.
Their reputation for treating players speaks for itself, without my help.
Julian only told me good things about Toulon.
With my partner, we simply chose to experience Parisian life.
There is no need for these hateful words
This is not the first time that the former All Black, top scorer in the 2015 World Cup, has attacked the Var club on social networks.
Recently, he had replied to a supporter who asked him if he missed Toulon: “
I miss the city and my friends.
But, in all fairness, there's no shortage of rugby.
"After his failed visit to the harbor, Julian Savea had heated discussions with the former president of the RCT, Mourad Boudjellal, who had launched:"
He is no longer welcome in Toulon!
Previously, Julian Savea's wife had regularly criticized the Reds and Blacks, not hesitating to tweet: "
When you see the frustration on your husband's face ... I swear to you that this team doesn't know how to pass.
After the last tweet on the RCT of the one who was nicknamed "
" (46 tries in 54 selections), several tweeters copiously insulted him Monday evening. What prompted Ngani Laumape to react, also on Twitter: “
Julian only told me good things about Toulon. With my partner, we simply chose to discover Parisian life. So, please, there is no need for this hateful speech.
»End of the exchange? While waiting for Savea's next spade ...