All Blacks are bigger flops than Boks

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 11:02
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: New Zealand is widely recognised as the best in the world and has held the No.1 ranking for more than a decade. Now they also top another list.

The All Blacks are now bigger flops than the Springboks ... in France, at least.

Amid reports of a flurry of All Blacks being targetted by French clubs, it seems not all All Blacks have lived up to lofty expectations as French newspaper Mid Olympique released it’s worst signings of 2017.

Three All Blacks have been named in a “Flop 10” list of worst French rugby signings from 2017, headed by former Blues flyhalf Luke McAlister who topped the list.

McAlister has barely been seen for Toulon after signing on for the 2017/18 season, where the 34-year-old was dropped to third-choice first-five behind Anthony Belleau and Francois Trinh-Duc. He was loaned out to Clermont as injury cover before suffering a broken hand in a match against Agen.

Mid Olympique judged former Blues wing Frank Halai the fourth-worst signing, who joined Pau this season after leaving English club Wasps, and former Chiefs hooker Hika Elliot, signed by last-placed Oyonnax, came in at the ninth who was.

Former Stormers and South African fullback Cheslin Kolbe was named as the best signing of the 2017-2018 season to date, who joined Toulouse and has been a strong performer for the side.