Patience is wearing thin with Carl Hayman, who continues to dither about whether he wants to be set up for life or be an All Black again.
Having convinced the New Zealand Rugby Union, Hurricanes and Taranaki that he was desperate to come home, Hayman is now believed to be swaying towards signing a big money deal that will take him to France.
Those with a direct stake in bringing him home say they are braced for rejection. Only weeks ago, there was confidence Hayman would return in June. As the process has dragged on, confidence has waned and Hayman shifting to France is seen as the more likely outcome.
We would love to see Hayman back playing for the All Blacks next year, but only if that's what HE wants. If he has doubts, or isn't 100% committed to winning the Rugby World Cup, let him chase the big bucks and secure his financial future. The NZRU should give him an ultimatum; take their offer by a specified date. If he doesn't, they should call off the dogs and adandon the chase.
To win the RWC, the All Blacks will need to be a disciplined and cohesive unit. There is, in our ever-humble opinion, no room for players who may or may not want to be there. It's far better for the NZRU to establish that now with Hayman, so that the resources can be redirected towards those players who ARE committed. Hayman would be a great asset, but only if the motivation is there.