All Blacks reject lands in Europe hell-bent on proving Foster wrong
Stade Francais’ landmark signing of the summer Ngani Laumape has arrived in Paris to prepare for next season. A photo was shared of the 15-cap All Black arriving at the Charles de Gaulle airport this week, as preparations will have begun for the new domestic season, which starts in September.
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The inside centre has given up on his All Blacks chances for now having only played twice under Ian Foster, and is now planning on wreaking havoc on European rugby. Despite being one of the form players in New Zealand over the past two years, the 28-year-old has struggled to work his way into the All Blacks set-up, but could be devastating in Europe.
Laumape is a one man cannonball, possessing power that few other centres in the game have. There is little doubt that he will carve it up in the Top 14 and the Heineken Champions Cup next season, but he may still have an eye on claiming the All Blacks’ No12 shirt in the future. His stint in the French capital will rule him out of Test contention, but he may well return to New Zealand stronger and more determined than ever to prove the All Blacks selectors wrong.