Wellington - Powerhouse Fijian wing Nemani Nadolo said on Tuesday he will move to French club Montpellier after finishing the 2016 Super Rugby season with the Canterbury Crusaders.
Nadolo said leaving the Crusaders was a wrench as he had resurrected his career at the club since signing in 2013 but he was also keen to return to France, where he played for Bourgoin in 2010-11.
"I am excited about living in France again and about the opportunity that Montpellier have presented," he said in a statement.
"But I still have a season to go here first and I intend to make my last season here a great one and leave on a high note."
The imposing 27-year-old has become a cult figure for fans during his time at the Crusaders with his combination of size and skill.
"Nemani is one of those special players who only come along once in a while," coach Todd Blackadder said. "He's built like a tank but has skills and speed that defy his size.
"We'll certainly miss his presence both on and off the field when he leaves."
Nadolo has signed a three-year deal with Montpellier.