All blacks prop Charlie Faumuina has confirmed his move to French side Toulouse come 2017. Faumuina who mans the tighthead prop position as well as the loosehead prop occasionally, currently plays for the Blues in Super Rugby while representing the New Zealand national team in international championships. He was part of the All Blacks team that retained the Rugby World Cup in 2015.

The South-Auckland born has 46 tests to his name for New Zealand and has been with the Blues since 2009. The 30 year-old had his first international cap four years ago in 2012. In a move described by the 302-lb prop as a difficult decision to leave his homeland, he however revealed his excitement at the prospect of trying out his hands on other climes.

“I would just like to thank New Zealand Rugby, the Blues and Auckland Rugby, for everything they have done for me throughout my career,” began Faumuina. “I am looking forward to my last season in New Zealand, making it a successful one with the Blues and hopefully getting the chance to play for All Blacks,” he added.