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Kepu, White join post-World Cup Wallabies exodus

January 21, 2015

SYDNEY (AP) — Wallabies prop Sekope Kepu and scrumhalf Nic White have confirmed they will leave Australia to join French clubs after this year’s World Cup.

The 28-year-old Kepu, who has played 52 tests, has signed a three-year deal with Boredeaux-Begles, who last month signed Wallabies utility back and 100-test veteran Adam Ashley-Cooper.

White, capped 19 times, will join Montpellier where he will play under his former ACT Brumbies Super Rugby coach Jake White. Montpellier has signed White on a two-year contract with an option for a one-year extension.

Meanwhile in New Zealand, All Blacks prop Ben Franks said he will join English club London Irish on a three-year deal from the end of this year.

Franks has played 42 tests and his brother, prop Owen Franks, remains a member of the All Blacks starting XV.

Lock Jeremy Thrush and winger Frank Halai earlier this week confirmed they also will be joining European clubs.

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