It was announced Monday that Laumape will join France’s Top 14 club Stade Français at the end of Super Rugby Trans-Tasman in a deal that deprives the Hurricanes of one of their star men and the All Blacks of a depth option. useful.
According to a report by New Zealand HeraldHowever, a useful depth option was also important as Laumape saw himself as part of the Kiwi rugby fraternity after NZR’s last contract offer.
the Herald reports that the 28-year-old’s three-year deal with the Paris club secured him a seven-figure salary, $ 400,000 more per year than NZR was offering.
Despite his stated preference to stay in New Zealand, Laumape decided to accept Stade Français’s offer, not only because of the financial element of the deal, but also because of his status as an All Black fringe and the absence of a salary increase offered by NZR, according to the Herald.
Since making his All Blacks against the British and Irish Lions four years ago, Laumape has racked up just 15 tests for the national team, often missing players like Sonny Bill Williams, Ryan Crotty, Anton Lienert- Brown and Jack Goodhue.
Despite his explosive ball-running ability which has often been exhibited at Super Rugby level for the Hurricanes, Laumape was one of the most notable omissions from Sir Steve Hansen’s 2019 World Cup squad.
Following the All Blacks’ semi-final exit in this tournament, critics noted that Laumape’s powerful ball threat was noticeably absent and would have been much appreciated against the harsh English defense which canceled out the brutal attack. Kiwis.
Williams and Crotty both left New Zealand after that World Cup, opening the door for Laumape – who had just signed a new two-year contract with NZR – to claim a regular spot in the All Blacks.
As part of this contract extension, the Herald reports that Laumape received a significant pay raise as he was seen as Williams’ likely successor in the No.12 jersey due to his tough, power-based racing game.
However, the inability to establish himself as New Zealand’s first choice in second-fifth place last year – in part due to a broken forearm in the middle of a run of form at the Super Rugby Aotearoa – limited Laumape to just two tests in 2020.
None of his appearances against the Wallabies showed Laumape at his best, although factors such as his bench role in Bledisloe III and Ofa Tuungafasi’s first red card at Bledisloe IV played a role in the inability to Laumape to shoot during the Tri-Nations last year.
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Fast forward to this year, the former NRL wing has once again been part of a convoluted battle for places in the All Blacks midfield, against players like Lienert-Brown, Goodhue, Rieko Ioane, David Havili, Leicester Fainga’anuku, Braydon Ennor. and Peter Umaga-Jensen for spots on Ian Foster’s team.
With this in mind, the Herald reports that the value of NZR’s latest Laumape contract offer was similar to the deal he signed in 2019, which he was reportedly seen as an indication that he is considered a mid-level player by the All Blacks.
As a result, he threw his lot with Stade Français, opting for the financial security of his family – including his three children – rather than extending his All Blacks career.
This means that Laumape will not be available for All Blacks testing in July as his engagements in France begin immediately after the Trans-Tasman competition.
Laumape and the Hurricanes kick off their Trans-Tasman campaign against the Waratahs at Sydney Cricket Ground at 7:45 p.m. Friday [local time].
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