Neemia Tialata signs two-year Bayonne deal

Hurricanes player James Broadhurst breaks through.
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Hurricanes player James Broadhurst breaks through.
Hurricanes player Hosea Gear.
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Hurricanes player Hosea Gear.
Hurricanes player Ma`a Nonu and his son Mercury after the game.
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Hurricanes player Ma`a Nonu and his son Mercury after the game.
Hurricanes player Jeremy Thrush.
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Hurricanes player Jeremy Thrush.
Andrew Hore in action for the Hurricanes against the Chiefs.
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Andrew Hore in action for the Hurricanes against the Chiefs.
Neemia Tialata in action for the Hurricanes against the Chiefs.
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Neemia Tialata in action for the Hurricanes against the Chiefs.
Stephen Donald in action for the Chiefs against the Hurricanes.
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Stephen Donald in action for the Chiefs against the Hurricanes.
Sitiveni Sivivatu in action for the Chiefs against the Hurricanes.
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Sitiveni Sivivatu in action for the Chiefs against the Hurricanes.
Alapati Leiua of the Hurricanes and Lelia Masaga of the Chiefs battle for the ball.
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Alapati Leiua of the Hurricanes and Lelia Masaga of the Chiefs battle for the ball.
Andrew Hore in action for the Hurricanes against the Chiefs.
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Andrew Hore in action for the Hurricanes against the Chiefs.
Aaron Cruden goes over for the Hurricanes first try against the Lions.
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Aaron Cruden goes over for the Hurricanes first try against the Lions.
Ma'a Nonu gets the pass away after being wrapped up by Warren Whiteley of the Lions.
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Ma'a Nonu gets the pass away after being wrapped up by Warren Whiteley of the Lions.
Hosea Gear looks for his support after being tackled down the side line against the Lions.
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Hosea Gear looks for his support after being tackled down the side line against the Lions.
Alapati Leiua fends off the Lions defence.
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Alapati Leiua fends off the Lions defence.
John Schwalger of the Hurricanes is tackled by Nathan Charles of the Force.
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John Schwalger of the Hurricanes is tackled by Nathan Charles of the Force.
Ma'a Nonu of the Hurricanes scores a try against the Western Force.
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Ma'a Nonu of the Hurricanes scores a try against the Western Force.
Cory Jane of the Hurricanes scores a try against the Western Force.
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Cory Jane of the Hurricanes scores a try against the Western Force.
Ben McCalman of the Force scores a try as he is tackled by Piri Weepu of the Hurricanes.
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Ben McCalman of the Force scores a try as he is tackled by Piri Weepu of the Hurricanes.
The Force celebrate a try against the Hurricanes.
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The Force celebrate a try against the Hurricanes.
Hurricanes' Jayden Hayward with the ball as Highlanders' Nasi Manu looms.
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Hurricanes' Jayden Hayward with the ball as Highlanders' Nasi Manu looms.
Highlanders and Hurricanes players about to engage a scrum.
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Highlanders and Hurricanes players about to engage a scrum.
Highlanders player Jimmy Cowan kicks the ball against the Hurricanes.
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Highlanders player Jimmy Cowan kicks the ball against the Hurricanes.
Highlanders player Ben Atiga is tackled by Hurricanes' Jayden Hayward.
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Highlanders player Ben Atiga is tackled by Hurricanes' Jayden Hayward.
David Kirkpatrick looks to make a break during the Hurricanes' 11-17 defeat at home to the Blues.
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David Kirkpatrick looks to make a break during the Hurricanes' 11-17 defeat at home to the Blues.
Hosea Gear scores a try for the Hurricanes, but it isn't enough to secure a victory.
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Hosea Gear scores a try for the Hurricanes, but it isn't enough to secure a victory.
Lachie Munro hangs on desperately to Alapati Leiua.
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Lachie Munro hangs on desperately to Alapati Leiua.
Aaron Cruden takes a unique body position to control the ball.
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Aaron Cruden takes a unique body position to control the ball.
Jayden Hayward protects the pill for the Hurricanes during their 17-11 defeat at home to the Blues
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Jayden Hayward protects the pill for the Hurricanes during their 17-11 defeat at home to the Blues
Aaron Cruden is swamped by his Hurricanes teammates after kicking the winning goal against the Reds.
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Aaron Cruden is swamped by his Hurricanes teammates after kicking the winning goal against the Reds.
Andre Taylor dives in to score a try for the Hurricanes against the Reds.
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Andre Taylor dives in to score a try for the Hurricanes against the Reds.
Chris Eaton of the Hurricanes passes against the Reds.
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Chris Eaton of the Hurricanes passes against the Reds.
Charlie Ngatai of the Hurricanes leaves on a stretcher against the Reds.
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Charlie Ngatai of the Hurricanes leaves on a stretcher against the Reds.
Scott Higginbotham of the Reds scores a try against the Hurricanes.
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Scott Higginbotham of the Reds scores a try against the Hurricanes.
Jack Lam of Hurricanes holds off Jacques Botes of Sharks.
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Jack Lam of Hurricanes holds off Jacques Botes of Sharks.
Serge Lilo of Hurricanes leaves the field with a knee injury during the match against the Sharks.
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Serge Lilo of Hurricanes leaves the field with a knee injury during the match against the Sharks.
Ryan Kankowski of Sharks is out jumped by Victor Vito of Hurricanes.
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Ryan Kankowski of Sharks is out jumped by Victor Vito of Hurricanes.
Jeremy Thrush of the Hurricanes is held in a tackle against the Sharks.
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Jeremy Thrush of the Hurricanes is held in a tackle against the Sharks.
Tyson Keats of the Hurricanes is tackled by Beast Mtwarira and Stefan Terblanche of the Sharks.
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Tyson Keats of the Hurricanes is tackled by Beast Mtwarira and Stefan Terblanche of the Sharks.
Jeremy Thrush of the Hurricanes is tackled by Davon Raubenheimer of the Cheetahs.
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Jeremy Thrush of the Hurricanes is tackled by Davon Raubenheimer of the Cheetahs.
Hosea Gear of the Hurricanes is tackled by Cheetahs' players.
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Hosea Gear of the Hurricanes is tackled by Cheetahs' players.
Coenie Oosthuizen of the Cheetahs is tackled.
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Coenie Oosthuizen of the Cheetahs is tackled.
Sarel Pretorius of the Cheetahs avoids a challenge.
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Sarel Pretorius of the Cheetahs avoids a challenge.
Matt Giteau and Christian Lealiifano of the Brumbies celebrate after beating the Hurricanes at Canberra Stadium.
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Matt Giteau and Christian Lealiifano of the Brumbies celebrate after beating the Hurricanes at Canberra Stadium.
Colby Faingaa of the Brumbies is tackled against the Hurricanes at Canberra Stadium.
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Colby Faingaa of the Brumbies is tackled against the Hurricanes at Canberra Stadium.
Peter Kimlin of the Brumbies is tackled by Hurricanes' players at Canberra Stadium.
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Peter Kimlin of the Brumbies is tackled by Hurricanes' players at Canberra Stadium.
Jeremy Thrush of the Hurricanes is tackled by Pierre Spies of the Bulls.
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Jeremy Thrush of the Hurricanes is tackled by Pierre Spies of the Bulls.
Fourie du Prteez of the Bulls has a kick blocked by John Schwalger of the Hurricanes.
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Fourie du Prteez of the Bulls has a kick blocked by John Schwalger of the Hurricanes.
Jaco Pretorius and Dewald Potgieter of the Bulls celebrate their win over the Hurricanes.
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Jaco Pretorius and Dewald Potgieter of the Bulls celebrate their win over the Hurricanes.
Captain of the Bulls Victor Matfield jumps for the ball against the Hurricanes.
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Captain of the Bulls Victor Matfield jumps for the ball against the Hurricanes.
Aaron Cruden of the Hurricanes is tackled by Victor Matfield.
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Aaron Cruden of the Hurricanes is tackled by Victor Matfield.
Danny Cipriani of the Rebels is driven back by Victor Vito of the Hurricanes.
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Danny Cipriani of the Rebels is driven back by Victor Vito of the Hurricanes.
Daniel Kirkpatrick of the Hurricanes is tackled against the Melbourne Rebels.
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Daniel Kirkpatrick of the Hurricanes is tackled against the Melbourne Rebels.
Players battle for position in the scrum during the round six match between the Melbourne Rebels and the Hurricanes.
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Players battle for position in the scrum during the round six match between the Melbourne Rebels and the Hurricanes.
Andre Taylor of the Hurricanes is tackled by Tim Davidson of the Rebels.
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Andre Taylor of the Hurricanes is tackled by Tim Davidson of the Rebels.
Blues fullback Isaia Toeava tries to outpace Hurricanes fullback Cory Jane in the Blues & Hurricanes Super15 rugby match at Eden Park.
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Blues fullback Isaia Toeava tries to outpace Hurricanes fullback Cory Jane in the Blues & Hurricanes Super15 rugby match at Eden Park.
Blues lock Anthony Boric drives in the tackle of Hurricanes second-five Ma'a Nonu with Tony Woodcock in support in the Blues & Hurricanes Super 15 rugby match at Eden Park.
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Blues lock Anthony Boric drives in the tackle of Hurricanes second-five Ma'a Nonu with Tony Woodcock in support in the Blues & Hurricanes Super 15 rugby match at Eden Park.
Blues fullback Isaia Toeava is dragged down by the tackle of Hurricanes No 8 Victor Vito in the Blues & Hurricanes Super 15 rugby match at Eden Park.
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Blues fullback Isaia Toeava is dragged down by the tackle of Hurricanes No 8 Victor Vito in the Blues & Hurricanes Super 15 rugby match at Eden Park.
Blues right wing Rene Ranger in action during the Blues & Hurricanes Super 15 rugby match at Eden Park.
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Blues right wing Rene Ranger in action during the Blues & Hurricanes Super 15 rugby match at Eden Park.
Hurricanes fullback Cory Jane counter-attacks during the Blues vs Hurricanes Super15 rugby match at Eden Park.
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Hurricanes fullback Cory Jane counter-attacks during the Blues vs Hurricanes Super15 rugby match at Eden Park.
Blues player Jared Payne dives over for their final try in the tackles of Hurricanes Mark Reddish (left) and Aaron Cruden in the Blues vs Hurricanes Super 15 rugby game played at Eden Park in Auckland.
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Blues player Jared Payne dives over for their final try in the tackles of Hurricanes Mark Reddish (left) and Aaron Cruden in the Blues vs Hurricanes Super 15 rugby game played at Eden Park in Auckland.
The Hurricanes stand during a minute's silence in respect of the victims of the Japanese eathquake in the Blues vs Hurricanes Super 15 rugby match at Eden Park.
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The Hurricanes stand during a minute's silence in respect of the victims of the Japanese eathquake in the Blues vs Hurricanes Super 15 rugby match at Eden Park.
Jack Lam of the Hurricanes is tackled by Isaac Ross of the Chiefs during the Super Rugby match between the Hurricanes and the Chiefs at Westpac Stadium.
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Jack Lam of the Hurricanes is tackled by Isaac Ross of the Chiefs during the Super Rugby match between the Hurricanes and the Chiefs at Westpac Stadium.
Sitiveni Sivivatu of the Chiefs is tackled by Jason Eaton and Neemia Tialata of the Hurricanes during Super Rugby match between the Hurricanes and the Chiefs at Westpac Stadium.
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Sitiveni Sivivatu of the Chiefs is tackled by Jason Eaton and Neemia Tialata of the Hurricanes during Super Rugby match between the Hurricanes and the Chiefs at Westpac Stadium.
Andre Taylor of the Hurricanes runs the ball during the Super Rugby match between the Hurricanes and the Chiefs at Westpac Stadium, Wellington.
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Andre Taylor of the Hurricanes runs the ball during the Super Rugby match between the Hurricanes and the Chiefs at Westpac Stadium, Wellington.
Always dangerous on attack, Hurricanes flanker Victor Vito tries to break away from Adam Thomson.
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Always dangerous on attack, Hurricanes flanker Victor Vito tries to break away from Adam Thomson.
Hurricanes second-five Ma'a Nonu, who received a red card, tries to break out of Josh Bekhuis' tackle.
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Hurricanes second-five Ma'a Nonu, who received a red card, tries to break out of Josh Bekhuis' tackle.
Hurricanes first-five Aaron Cruden runs at Jimmy Cowan, chased by Adam Thomson.
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Hurricanes first-five Aaron Cruden runs at Jimmy Cowan, chased by Adam Thomson.
The Highlanders and Hurricanes forward packs get ready to pack down a scrum.
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The Highlanders and Hurricanes forward packs get ready to pack down a scrum.
Hurricanes player James Broadhurst comes in to score in their warm-up match against the Chiefs.
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Hurricanes player James Broadhurst comes in to score in their warm-up match against the Chiefs.
Hurricanes player Charlie Ngatai is tackled in their warm-up match against the Chiefs.
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Hurricanes player Charlie Ngatai is tackled in their warm-up match against the Chiefs.
Andre Taylor  scores for the Hurricanes in their warm-up match against the Chiefs.
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Andre Taylor scores for the Hurricanes in their warm-up match against the Chiefs.
Hurricanes player Charlie Ngatai in action in their warm-up match against the Chiefs.
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Hurricanes player Charlie Ngatai in action in their warm-up match against the Chiefs.

Neemia Tialata is the latest All Black to announce his departure overseas, having signed a two-year deal with French club Bayonne.

The versatile Wellington and Hurricanes prop will join Bayonne later this year along with former All Blacks No 8 Sione Lauaki, who leaves fellow French Top 14 club Clermont after signing a three-year contract.

As well as boosting the sheer size of their pack, Bayonne have also recruited two players heavy in test experience.

MOVE IT: All Blacks and Hurricanes prop Neemia Tialata has agreed to a move to France after the World Cup.
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MOVE IT: All Blacks and Hurricanes prop Neemia Tialata has agreed to a move to France after the World Cup.

Tialata, 28, has played 43 tests since his debut against Wales at Cardiff in 2005 while Lauaki, 29, clocked up 17 caps.

The hefty Tialata's ability to play on both sides of the scrum has been a constant asset although he hasn't played a test since June last year, with his progress hindered by the emergence of the Franks brothers, Owen and Ben.

Bayonne, who also have former All Blacks locks Troy Flavell and Ross Filipo on their books, finished seventh in this year's French domestic competition.

They recently signed French international winger Cedric Heymans and French newspaper Sud Ouest said they were also in talks to capture All Blacks winger Joe Rokocoko and Australian lock Mark Chisholm.

Lauaki confirmed his signing on Twitter and made a statement on the Bayonne website: "I'm a competitor, Bayonne are an ambitious club, I want to help them to continue to evolve."

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