Ben Smith agrees deal with French club Pau - report

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Ben Smith is the latest All Black heading overseas, according to reports out of France.

The star fullback has signed a seven month deal with French club Pau, reports French newspaper Midi Olympique.

According to the paper, Smith will join the French top 14 side between December 2019 and June 2020 after the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

The 32-year-old, who will win his 74th All Black cap tonight against the Wallabies, is then said to be interested in heading to Japan after his France stay.

Pau are also interested in the services of All Blacks flanker Ardie Savea who has been linked with a move overseas for a while now.

The French paper also reported that big spenders Toulon are in talks with Hurricanes outside back Nehe Milner-Skudder and Crusaders centre Ryan Crotty.

According to the report, Milner-Skudder is in advanced stages of talks while the Crotty negotiations are still in its infancy. Lyon are also reportedly interested in signing the pair.

The reports suggest that France are still likely to be the main destination for All Blacks looking to cash in overseas.

But Japan has quickly become a serious contender to lure the services of All Blacks on short-term arrangements, with the prospect of a two-season in one year structure in the Japanese Top League.

Earlier in the week, Beauden Barrett spoke out for the first time about a potential move overseas after next year's World Cup.

This article was first published on nzherald.co.nz and is republished here with permission.

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