Toulon’s patience with former All Blacks wing Julian Savea appears to be running out with reports in France claiming his current deal won’t be extended.
Savea’s contract expires at the end of the current season and RMC Sport, in a report followed up extensively in France, said Toulon would let him go and use his massive salary to bolster other areas of their squad.
Savea has failed to live up to his billing as an All Blacks superstar and drew huge criticism last year from former owner Mourad Boudjellal.
A determined Savea has featured regularly in the first team this season but is still struggling to find the try line like he did for the All Blacks where he scored 46 times in 54 tests but fell out of favour in the leadup to last year’s World Cup in Japan.
Last season Savea scored just three tries in 17 games for Toulon in the Top 14 domestic championship and only one in five Champions Cup games.
This season the former Wellington and Hurricanes star has played 11 Top 14 games for three tries and has two tries from three Challenge Cup fixtures.
Savea, reportedly took a cut in his huge salary to stay on at Toulon this season. His original two-year deal was said to be worth $1.65m a season.
After battling to avoid relegation last season, former champions Toulon are third on the Top 14 table with seven wins, two draws and four losses.