Did Lyon steal All Black from Stormers' grasp?
NEWS UPDATE: Attempts by the Stormers to lure a world-class flyhalf to Cape Town may prove fruitless.
It has been reported that All Black flyhalf Lima Sopoaga has agreed to move to the Top 14, according to reports in France.
The New Zealander has recently been linked with a move away from Wasps, who he joined from the Highlanders in 2018.
On Monday Cape Town media suggested the Stormers are keen to acquire his services.
However, according to a report by RMC Sport, the flyhalf is set to join Top 14 side Lyon next season.
Lyon has been in the market for a new No.10, and had been linked with Marcus Smith before he agreed to a new deal with Harlequins, as well as Munster’s JJ Hanrahan.
However, RMC claim Sopoaga has always been Lyon’s top target.
RMC say the move is now a done deal, with Sopoaga set to arrive for next season on a two-year contract.
The club also recently signed former All Black back row hopeful Jordan Taufua from Leicester Tigers.
Sopoaga has been in good form for Wasps this season, playing primarily at fullback, but has blown hot and cold during his time with the club.
The 30-year-old, who has 18 caps for the All Blacks, recently spoke about how seeing a therapist helped improve his form.
“The stigma around talking and opening up as a footie player is starting to come off,” he said.
“Rugby players are looked at as these macho, tough dudes, but really, we are just like anyone else. That was one of the best things I have ever done.”