15 May 2014

Overseas clubs find new target in NZ

12:01 pm on 15 May 2014

The raiding of New Zealand rugby's playing stocks is taking on a new dimension, with fears overseas clubs are now targeting potential future All Blacks.

The 23-year-old Crusaders first five Tyler Bleyendaal earlier this week announced he's signed a three-year deal with Irish club Munster.

In recent years New Zealand Rugby has become resigned to losing about 20 players a year to rich European or Japanese clubs - generally players coming to end of their professional careers, or second tier players that aren't in All Black contention.

The new situation is worrying the NZRU's general manager of professional rugby Neil Sorenson though, however he believes there's little they can do about it.