The end of 2007 and the disastrous World Cup campaign for the All Blacks was further exacerbated for New Zealand when a number of high profile players from the team decided to pack up and play for the English, Irish and French clubs. Panic and misery ensued and it did look like all was lost for New Zealand rugby with the dollar just not being able to match up in the face of the strong Euro and Pound.
This time it looks like a few of the English clubs will be getting a taste of their own medicine with the latest of their own to pack up and ship out being Jonny Wilkinson. Jonny’s been a loyal servant for Newcastle for nearly 12 years but is looking to further his options in Toulon. The question is – why are France still so wealthy with big money to offer still when everything seems to be turning to custard in the UK?
And who will be the next to leave?