Nonu and Nalaga off to Toulon

Date published: December 20 2014

Toulon have landed a big blow in the battle for Top 14 supremacy with the signings of Ma’a Nonu and Napolioni Nalaga.

The All Black centre has long been a target for Mourad Boudjellal, who sees him as the natural successor to Tana Umaga, the first global star to join Boudjellal’s side.

And after lots of denials in recent weeks, Boudjellal explained that the deal has now been signed, with Nonu set to join after next year’s World Cup for two seasons.

He will be joined by Nalaga, who will leave Clermont at the end of the current campaign to move to the French champions.

The Fijian winger has been a prolific try-scorer in the Auvergne since initially joining back in 2007. He had a brief spell with the Western Force a couple of years ago before returning to Clermont.

However he has struggled for form this season, and has seen his game time reduced a touch with Zac Guildford and the impressive Noa Nakaitaci also pushing for a starting spot.

As a result, Boudjellal told Canal+ Sport that Nalaga contacted Toulon about a move, and the European champions were happy to oblige.

Boudjellal also confirmed that Diego Dominguez will succeed Bernard Laporte as head coach of the club. He will join in 2016, initially working alongside Laporte before taking over the top job for the 2016/17 season.