Date set for Nonu’s Toulon debut

Date published: November 23 2015

New Zealand centre Ma'a Nonu is set to make his debut for Toulon against Agen in the Top 14 next month.

The double World Cup winner was unveiled to the press by the club on Monday.

Club president Mourad Boudjellal announced that Nonu will make his first appearance in Toulon's Top 14 clash against Agen on December 5.

Nonu is the last addition of a stellar set of arrivals at Toulon, following Duane Vermulen, Quade Cooper and Samu Manoa to the Stade Mayol.

"I want to thank the club and especially (president) Mourad Boudjellal for this opportunity and I'm looking forward to playing my rugby here," he told the Press Association.

"They've won the championship three years in row, a lot of good players I've played against are playing here and I'm looking forward to playing alongside them.

"With the success of this club, everyone wants to beat Toulon and the purpose for this club is to win again. I'm here to try my best for this club and I want to achieve things here as well.

"I come here for a new adventure, this is my home now and I will give my all for Toulon.

"I have a very close relationship with Tana Umaga, who was here coaching and playing, Sonny Bill (Williams), Chris Masoe I know well, and I spoke to Matt Giteau after the Rugby World Cup final.

"They had lots to say about Toulon – the people are really nice and it's the place to play rugby, the fans are mad about rugby and it's a really nice lifestyle for the family.

"I've watched the Top 14 over the years and it's a great competition, a great style of rugby – similar to New Zealand footy – really passionate fans and one of the best competitions in the world."