A statement by the President of Toulon regarding the thwarting of Laumape’s transfer, presumably because of Savia, ignited the powder.
The pass began on Monday when RC Toulon president Bernard Lemaitre presented the appointment of VAR for next season. During this press conference, the Toulon leader suggested that the recruitment of a New Zealand international player (Ngani Laumape) was upended by former All Black, Julian Savia, who was particularly disastrous during his time at RCT (2018-2020). In contact with RCT, Laumape – New Zealand center with 15 picks with the black jersey – finally signed with Stade Français Paris, to make up for the departures of Gaël Fickou (Racing 92) and Jonathan Danty La Rochelle.
«I can tell you in terms of the center position in three quarters we have been on the trail of a very impressive player. I think we were in for nails given our suggestion. But in the end, not the player, but undoubtedly his wife, preferred a city other than Toulon as a living environment. It definitely affected the player‘, announced Bernard Le Maitre.
Before the president added:I also think that some of the remarks made by one of his former colleagues on “All Black” (Julian Savia) Whoever left us, can make you think. This player went elsewhere. We’re so sorry we did a tremendous job of trying to get him to come.Meanwhile, Julian Savia was quick to respond on Twitter with a scathing post:I didn’t need to convince anyone not to sign with RCT. I heard them treating players speak for themselves without my help.»
Julian only told me good things about Toulon. With my partner, we simply chose to experience the Parisian life. There is no need for these hateful words
This is not the first time that the former All Black team, the 2015 World Cup top scorer, has attacked the Var club on social networks. Recently, he responded to a fan who asked him if he missed Toulon: “I miss the city and I miss my friends. But, in all fairness, there is no shortage of rugby.After his unsuccessful visit to the port, Julian Savia had heated discussions with the former head of the RCT, Mourad Boudjelal, who launched:No longer welcome in Toulon!Previously, Julian Savia’s wife regularly criticized reds and blacks, and she does not hesitate to tweet: “When you see the frustration on your husband’s face…I swear this team can’t get through.»
After the last tweet on RCT from aka “The bus(46 attempts in 54 selections), he was widely insulted by several tweeters on Monday night. What prompted Ngani Laumape to respond, also on Twitter: “Julian only told me good things about Toulon. With my partner, we simply chose to discover Parisian life. So please, no need for this hateful talk.» End of exchange? While waiting for a spade in Savea…