Sitiveni Sivivatu signs to play in France

GREG FORD
Last updated 10:04 29/03/2011
Sitiveni Sivivatu
PETER DRURY/Waikato Times
AU REVOIR SITI: Chiefs and All Blacks winger Sitiveni Sivivatu has signed to play for French club Clermont.

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Sitiveni Sivivatu has joined a growing list of All Blacks who will leave New Zealand rugby at the end of the year.

The All Blacks wing has signed with French club Clermont.

The two-year deal was brokered by Esportif International, the same agency which secured a massive contract for John Afoa to Ulster.

The international arm of Sivivatu's management team confirmed the move last night.

Sivivatu's employer, the New Zealand Rugby Union, were to be informed of the pending shift today.

They offered the Fijian born flyer, who made his All Blacks debut back in 2005, a contract extension.

However, the money on offer in Europe proved too tempting.

Few will be genuinely surprised as Sivivatu, 28, has been linked with the club for several weeks.

He played 43 tests for the All Blacks and scored 27 tries.

Official press statements confirming the move are expected to be released, probably tomorrow.

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