Rugby: Ranger on way to Montpellier

Blues centre Rene Ranger is said to be on his way to French club Montpellier.

According to a report on Sky's Reunion tonight, Ranger, who played three tests for the All Blacks in 2010, will leave the Blues at the end of the season.

It is curious timing from the 26-year-old, as he had a great chance to return to the All Blacks fold this year in the absence of Richard Kahui, who is leaving for Japan, and Conrad Smith, who is said to be taking a sabbatical at the end of the year.

Ranger's clash with Crusaders opposite Robbie Fruean at Eden Park on Saturday night was said to be a precursor of things to come but it seems he sees his future elsewhere.