Silver Lake

Former All Blacks captain backs Silver Lake deal

The proposed $460 million deal would give Silver Lake get a 15 percent stake in the game which is cause for concern for some current players.

Fitzpatrick told Checkpoint that those brokering the deal were rugby-loving guys from England who were the right fit to take the game into the future.

"In terms of the money the number they are proposing, it's as good as we'll get anywhere and they've got experience in private equity in sport so I think they're as good as anyone," he said.