Taumalolo to leave Chiefs

Prop Sona Taumalolo has signed a three-and-a-half-year deal with Perpignan and will be leaving the Chiefs at the end of the Super Rugby season.

Taumalolo has scored eight tries for the Chiefs this year, his robust ball carrying proving especially difficult to stop five metres from the tryline. He is, however, hoping to improve his scrumming once he joins the French club.

The 30-year-old was left out of the All Blacks’ wider training group selected in May and doesn’t appear to be in coach Steve Hansen’s plans.