More high profile All Blacks will leave for France in the coming year, and one of them could be Richie McCaw.
French media are reporting that the All Black captain, and arguably the best player in world rugby, is set to join French club Pau alongside Conrad Smith in 2016.
The news hit the internet after former French national coach Bernard Laporte said that he was aware of a potential deal between McCaw and the club Pau who are set to join the French Top14 next year.
Talk has been about that McCaw has been considering his options post world cup recently.
Just yesterday it was reported that McCaw was due to meet with NZ Rugby this week where he will discuss his rugby future. Former All Black captain Graham Mourie urged McCaw not to rush into retirement.
It needs to be stressed that none of the reports coming out of France have been confirmed by anyone, not the least of which McCaw himself.
McCaw, with 100 caps as captain, simply has nothing more to give to rugby in New Zealand if he was successful in leading the All Blacks to back-to-back world cup victories.
He has won titles with the Crusaders, has multiple Bledisloe Cup and Tri Nations successes under his belt, and a World Cup winning skipper in 2011.
McCaw is one of the most feared loose forwards to ever play the game, his ability to turn the ball over when on defense is unquestionable, and he is looked up to and admired by every All Black to play alongside him.
If Richie McCaw were to leave New Zealand after the World Cup, he does so leaving absolutely nothing left to prove.