Carl Hayman has decided to sign a lucrative deal with Toulon instead of returning to New Zealand before the World Cup.
The NZRU have been involved in negotiations to lure Hayman back to New Zealand after his Newcastle deal ends at the end of this season. It has been reported that Hayman, who is recognised as the best tighthead in world rugby, has signed a $NZ 1.22 million with Toulon for next year.
NZRU CEO Steve Tew said the union was not prepared to match the French club’s offer.
‘We lost Carl two years ago and we were trying to get him back,’ Tew told stuff.co.nz. ‘We’ve always said if it’s a straight financial decision for a player then we will not compete. We simply don’t have the economies of scale or strength of currency to be able to do so.’