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McAlister bound for Toulouse

New Zealand star Luke McAlister has completed his move to Toulouse, signing a three-year contract.

The 27-year-old will link up with the club after the conclusion of the World Cup and is excited about the prospect.

He said: "The opportunity to play French rugby and live in France with my partner and children will be something totally different to what we're all used to, but it will be an exciting new chapter in our lives."

It will not be McAlister's first experience in Europe, with the centre-cum-fly-half having played for Sale between 2007 and 2009 before returning home to join the Blues in Super Rugby.

"At the end of my Sale contract I returned home to be near my family. This year, I've really enjoyed my season with the Blues and I'm glad it's not over yet," he added.

"I'm extremely grateful to the NZRU, the Blues and North Harbour for the support they have shown me during my time in New Zealand. Being involved with these teams is truly something special, definitely life-changing, and the experiences and friendships will last forever."

McAlister has won 30 All Blacks Test caps since his debut against the British and Irish Lions in 2005 and played four times in the 2007 World Cup, scoring one try.

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