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Toulon sign Montpellier scrum-half

17th March 2014 10:47

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Moving on: Éric Escande

Toulon have announced the signing on Monday of Montpellier number nine Éric Escande on a two-year deal for next season.

Escande, who plays behind Benoît Paillaugue and Jonathan Pélissié at Montpellier, will make the move south next season as Toulon reshuffle their half-backs.

A France youth international up to U20 level, Escande is a strong goal-kicker who will compete with Michael Claassens and Sébastien Tillous-Borde next season for the current champions.

The arrival of Escande seems to suggest that Toulon will use Frédéric Michalak at fly-half next season, with captain Jonny Wilkinson expected to announce his retirement.

Toulon have already signed Wales lock Ian Evans and full-back Leigh Halfpenny for 2014/2015, with James O'Connor joining on a short-term deal.

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