With Super Rugby set to finish for another season in a few weeks time and pre-season preparations getting underway in the northern hemisphere, this time of year is always rife with transfer speculation, especially with potential moves between clubs in both hemispheres.
The latest news in this regard to emerge is that two times capped All Black and Chiefs back Damian McKenzie is in ‘advanced talks’ with the Leicester Tigers over a proposed move according to The Rugby Paper.
McKenzie didn’t feature for the All Blacks in the three Test matches against the Lions but did start at fly-half for the Maori All Blacks in their loss to the Lions in Rotorua. McKenzie has been in sensational form for the Chiefs this season and put in another influential display against the Brumbies at the weekend.
He will be firmly focussed on his side’s upcoming quarter-final clash with the Stormers but according to the same report, he has been frustrated with his lack of opportunities for the All Blacks. McKenzie signed a two-year contract extension with the Chiefs last year so any potential move to the Tigers would likely happen at the end of the 2018 Super Rugby season.
If the signing does go through, it would be a significant coup for the Tigers as they look to wrestle dominance away from Saracens and the Exeter Chiefs.