All Black and Blues utility back Rene Ranger has failed his bid to get out of his contract with French club Montpellier.
Ranger was willing to pay up to $300,00 to remove himself from the contract, allowing him to stay in New Zealand.
“From what I’ve just heard that decision may not be his so if you want to pay him $300,000 to stay, thanks very much,” said All Black coach Steve Hansen.
Blues teammate Piri Weepu said that Ranger’s recent inclusion in the All Blacks squad may have created the change of heart to not head off to France. Ranger originally signed the contract before his call-up to the All Blacks.
“He was probably not expecting to be within this environment so he’s gone off and made a decision for himself and his family. I guess that’s what a lot of boys are trying to do these days,” said Weepu.
Rene Ranger made his return to the All Black squad ahead of the tests against the French, coming off the bench in the second-half and making an immediate impact with some powerful line-breaks.