Masoe leaving Toulon for Racing

Date published: June 3 2015

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Former All Black Chris Masoe has confirmed that he will leave triple European Champions Toulon for Top 14 rivals Racing-Métro next season.

36-year-old Masoe will be reunited with coaching duo Laurent Labit and Laurent Travers, under whom he played during his stint at Castres between 2008 and 2012.

"My body tells me that I can still do it for one more year!" said Masoe, adding that he could not turn down the "opportunity to continue playing at the highest European level."

"I worked for three years at Castres with the two Laurents who really wanted me to join them at Racing,"

The Samoa-born loose forward, who won 20 caps for the All Blacks, has spent three years at Toulon having joined the reigning French champions after being voted the Top 14's best player in 2012.

Masoe missed much of the 2013-14 season after tearing knee ligaments but made a barnstorming return as he helped Toulon claim European and Top 14 silverware. 

"I feel fresh at training and even the morning after matches when I wake up," he added.

"That's down to my injury. I probably gained two more years in my career. Since my knee operation I feel good, very good. probably better than ever!"

Having already successfully defended the European crown this season, Masoe will hope to leave Toulon with another winner's medal in his luggage as RCT look to secure back-to-back Top 14 titles.

They face Stade Français in the first semi-final on Friday, with a potential final against the winners of Clermont or Toulouse a week later.

"I hope to win a last title with Toulon," he said.

"I'll prepare myself to be at 100 percent because I want to finish on a good note."

Masoe has been replaced in the Toulon squad by France number eight Charles Ollivon, who arrives from Bayonne. 

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