English club Leicester are looking to secure the services of All Black Aaron Mauger after next year’s World Cup.
Mauger’s contract with the New Zealand Rugby Union expires after the tournament in France, and his agent Lou Thompson told The Independent Newspaper that a move could be on the cards.
“It’s very much a work in progress,” Thompson said. “Leicester have expressed an interest and we know that a number of other clubs are interested in talking to Aaron because he is playing very good football.”
Mauger has not been involved in these talks, rather leaving it to his agent. From the outside, it appears as if he may be playing a bluff to win a better contract with the NZRU after the 2007 World Cup. Thompson confirmed that nothing has been decided yet.
“He will only be 26 after the next World Cup. He might be able to squeeze through to another World Cup. He might want to sign an extension with the New Zealand Rugby Union. He’s not ready to make any decisions.”
At present, the All Black management do not select players outside of New Zealand. Mauger is also a vital part of the most successful Super Rugby side in history, the Crusaders. It all amounts to very little reason to leave the country, unless of course, there is a ludicrous financial incentive.
However, if Mauger did decide to further his career in England, he would join up with former Canterbury team-mate Daryl Gibson, who has been part of the Tigers set up since the 2003/04 season.