Vermeulen's Toulon replacement revealed

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 08:29
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Chiefs flanker Liam Messam has signed a two-year deal with Toulon and will join the French club after the Super Rugby season.

French newspaper Midi Olympique had reported Messam was in talks with Lyon last month, but it seems Toulon have trumped them at the last minute.

The announcement is set to be confirmed on Saturday.

It was widely speculated that Jerome Kaino would, in fact, be Toulon’s key signing to replace Springbok Duane Vermeulen, as President Mourad Boudjellal had stated Vermeulen “will be replaced by an international level player that we will announce in the next 48 hours”.

Messam, who played 43 tests for the All Blacks between 2008-2015 will now join the likes of Ma’a Nonu, Malakai Fekitoa and Alby Matheson at the glamour club.

The 33-year-old played 161 times for his beloved Chiefs, and will play one last season before heading to France to end his career.

Source: RugbyPass