All Black Fekitoa confirms Toulon move

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Malakai Fekitoa has confirmed he will turn his back on Highlanders and New Zealand to join Toulon.

Speculation mounted over the powerful centre's future after he was left out of the All Blacks squad to face the British and Irish Lions, before being called up by Steve Hansen for the third Test following Sonny Bill Williams' suspension.

Fekitoa has now effectively ended his international career by agreeing a switch to the Top 14 on a two-year deal.

The 25-year-old posted on Instagram: "I wanted to let you all know that after a lot of thought I have decided to join Toulon (RCT) at the end of the year.

"It has been the hardest decision of my life to leave New Zealand, but after looking at all the things that are important to me I feel this is the right time for me personally and for my career. 

"I especially want to thank NZR [New Zealand Rugby] and the All Blacks, the Highlanders and Auckland Rugby for all your support and development over the years.

"Most of all I want to thank my team-mates for all your support and friendships. Finally to my fans THANK YOU, it's been a hell of a ride. 

"I'm blessed and thankful to play this game.  Doesn't matter where I go to work. We still have a lot more to do. I hope to return one day with more experience and success."

 

I wanted to let you all know that after a lot of thought I have decided to join Toulon (RCT) at the end of the year. It has been the hardest decision of my life to leave New Zealand, but after looking at all the things that are important to me I feel this is the right time for me personally and for my career. I especially want to thank NZR and the All Blacks, the Highlanders and Auckland Rugby for all your support and development over the years. Most of all I want to thank my team mates for all your support and friendships. Finally to my fans THANK YOU, its been a hell of a ride. I'm blessed and thankful to play this game. Doesn't matter where I go to work. We still have a lot more to do. I hope to return one day with more experience and success. MF13

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Fekitoa, who has won 24 caps for the world champions, will start for Highlanders in their Super Rugby quarter-final against Crusaders on Saturday.