Crusaders Dan Carter and Richie McCaw have denied reports that they plan to move to Italy to play rugby by saying the reports are false.
Italian newspaper have reported that McCaw and Carter have been offered contract worth up $1.62 million each if they join the Benetton club after the end of year tour.
Carter said that the reports of him moving to Italy on lucrative five-month contracts were news to him when he was approached by Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder.
"I have no idea where that has come from," Carter told Fairfax.
"Toddy told us the other day and we just had to laugh. It was the first I had heard about it."
Blackadder became aware of the reports last week when he was approached by a northern hemisphere journalist.
"It is all crap. I have had these reports coming to me, too. "
"The guys know nothing about it. God knows where it has come from."
McCaw and Carter have signed deals with the New Zealand Rugby Union which will take them to the 2015 World Cup but they do have clauses that allow them to take sabbaticals.
Carter activated his clause in 2009 when he moved to France to play for the French club Perpignan which meant he missed the Crusaders' 2009 Super Rugby campaign.
The move was far from successful as Carter snapped his Achilles tendon after a few games and was unable to play much for them.
A spokesman for McCaw has also denied the reports.