Donald set for shock Toulon switch

Date published: July 29 2015

Former All Black Stephen Donald is set to join Toulon as a World Cup joker according to reports in France.

The European champions have been desperately looking for fly-half cover with Quade Cooper having pulled out of his deal to join the club, and Matt Giteau and Frédéric Michalak both in contention to make the World Cup.

That would leave Toulon with very few options for the first seven rounds of the Top 14, with Australian UJ Seuteni, who has played once for the team, and scrum-halves Jonathan Pélissié and Eric Escande as the likely options.

Tom Taylor was linked to the club earlier this week, but now it appears that Donald, who has spent the last two seasons playing for Japanese second-flight team Mitsubishi Dynaboars, is on his way according to La Provence.

Donald was famously called up by the All Blacks during the last World Cup, kicking a crucial penalty after coming off the bench in the final.