Return to sender for Ihaia West? According to information from the Team, the 31-year-old New Zealand fly-half could leave Toulon at the end of the season and return to La Rochelle, his former club. While he is engaged until 2025 with the RCT, West has played little since the arrival of Dan Biggar on the Rade.
Arriving in the off-season in the Var, will Ihaia West leave Toulon at the end of this 2022/2023 financial year? It’s a possibility. According to information from our colleagues in the team, the New Zealander could well find La Rochelle, with whom he has already played between 2018 and 2022. European champion with the Maritimes last May, the former player of the Blues of ‘Auckland is currently struggling within the ranks of the RCT.
Despite an encouraging start to the season with 14 games including 10 as a starter, West has played little since Dan Biggar joined the Rouge et Noir. While he has signed up for three seasons with Toulon, the 31-year-old number ten is said to be in discussion with La Rochelle for a possible return to the fold.
As a reminder, next June, the leaders of La Rochelle will see Pierre Popelin, the current understudy of Antoine Hastoy, leave at the opening. Popelin will continue his career on the side of Castres. Consequently, the maritime staff is looking for an opener to accompany Hastoy, and would therefore look into the Ihaia West file.
As things stand, only UJ Seuteni can replace the former Palois as playmaker during doubles or in the event of a physical glitch in the next exercise. This lack of solutions could result in West returning to Marcel-Deflandre, although the deal is still far from done.