Antoine Frisch nears Munster exit as Top 14 giants win the race for his services

Jared Wright
Antoine Frisch of Munster Rugby at the United Rugby Championship.

Antoine Frisch of Munster Rugby in the United Rugby Championship.

Antoine Frisch will leave Munster at the end of the current season, with the Irish province reportedly earning a significant fee to buy him out of the remainder of his contract.

Frisch was called up to Fabien Galthie’s France Six Nations squad earlier this year and is reportedly set to complete a four-year deal to join Top 14 giants Toulon next season.

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell has overlooked the Irish-qualified centre despite shining in the Munster midfield since his arrival from Bristol Bears in 2022.

Toulon win the race for Frisch

According to French publication L’Equipe, Toulon and Munster have come to an agreement to release Frisch from the final season of his contract with the Irish province.

Munster are set to receive financial compensation and the centre could make his France debut as soon as the upcoming July internationals against Argentina.

As for Toulon, Frisch’s signing is a massive boost for the side that beat the likes of La Rochelle, Montpellier, Stade Francais and Perpignan to his signature.

Pierre Mignoni was in the market for a centre after Fijian captain Waisea Nayacalevu signed a deal to join Premiership outfit Sale Sharks after Manu Tuilagi’s move to Bayonne.

Toulon reportedly missed out on signing Andre Esterhuizen from Harlequins, with the Springboks star opting to return to South Africa to join the Sharks instead.

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International allegiance

After representing Emerging Ireland in 2022, there was a chance that Frisch could make his Test debut for Farrell’s side but he hasn’t been invited to any training camps or squad gathering since.

However, when he received the call from Galthie in 2024, his mind was made up on where his international allegiances were.

“From the moment I was called into the France group, it became very clear to me. I want to play for France,” he told L’Equipe last month.

“It’s where I grew up, I had a Les Bleus poster on the walls of my room as a child.”

Frisch has featured in 18 of Munster’s 20 matches across the United Rugby Championship and Investec Champions Cup this season, and while his departure will be a blow for the side, they have reportedly lined up his replacement in Connacht’s Tom Farrell.

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