Ex-All Blacks forward Kaino to hang up his studs

Jerome Kaino (Getty)
Jerome Kaino (Getty)

Double Rugby World Cup winner and former New Zealand back-rower Jerome Kaino said on Monday he plans to retire at the end of next season.

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Kaino, 37, who lifted the Webb Ellis Cup in 2011 and again four years later, joined French side Toulouse in 2018.

"It will surely be my final season. I will be too old. I'll see what the club say, but good youngsters are coming through and they're the future," he told French rugby newspaper Midi Olympique.

Kaino has extended his contract to keep him at the Stade Ernest-Wallon until 2021 and has been linked with a coaching position at the record 20-time French champions.

"It would be a superb opportunity. We'll see. I would love it," he said.

Kaino captained Toulouse to the French title last year, but the current campaign has been declared over due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The former Blues loose forward is eyeing the European Champions Cup title to add to his trophy haul, with his side having reached the quarter-finals of this season's competition, which has been put on hold.

"It's an ambition. When you come to Europe it's inevitably that. When you see your team improving in the competition it becomes even more of an ambition," he said.

"Winning the Champions Cup with Toulouse would be fantastic. I hope we'll have the chance to win from this year's edition."

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