5 Dec 2017

Kaino off to France?

7:17 am on 5 December 2017

Veteran All Blacks loose forward Jerome Kaino is reportedly in talks with French club Toulon.

Blues and All Black loose forward Jerome Kaino

Blues and All Black loose forward Jerome Kaino Photo: PHOTOSPORT

French newspaper Midi Olympique claims the 81-Test Blues flanker will link-up with the cash rich Top 14 team following the Super Rugby season.

Kaino has been tipped as a replacement for Springbok loose forward Duane Vermeulen who is reportedly being lured back to South Africa.

The two-time World Cup winner was usurped by Liam Squire as the All Blacks first-choice blindside this year after missing much of the international season to deal with personal issues.

The 34-year-old has played over 100 Super Rugby matches for the Blues during two stints in New Zealand, separated by a two year deal in Japan.

Toulon already boasts a number of former All Blacks in its squad, including Ma'a Nonu, Luke McAlister, Alby Mathewson and recently acquired Highlanders centre Malakai Fekitoa.