Coronavirus: Former All Black Tom Taylor sacked from club for leaving country during pandemic

Former New Zealand player Tom Taylor has been dismissed from his French club for leaving the country without permission. IROZ GAIZKA/AFP via Getty Images

French club Pau announced that they have dismissed former All Blacks fly-half Tom Taylor for leaving the country in March without permission during the coronavirus pandemic.

Taylor, who played three tests for the All Blacks in 2013, left France on March 17 despite being asked to remain in the country in case the Top 14 league resumed at short notice, the club said in a statement on their website.

"The club had no other recourse than to initiate a dismissal procedure against Mr. Tom Taylor," the club said in a statement on Sunday.

Taylor could not be immediately reached for comment.

French Top 14 rugby league organisers (LNR) abandoned their 2019-20 season without naming a champion and scrapped relegation.

Taylor, the son of former All Blacks inside centre Warwick, was called into the national side in 2013 when Dan Carter, Beauden Barrett and Aaron Cruden were all injured.

He left New Zealand in 2015 and joined Toulon before heading to Pau in 2016.