Les Bleus star signs contract extension with Toulon until 2027

David Skippers
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France's Charles Ollivon on the charge against South Africa.

Top 14 heavyweights Toulon have secured the re-signing of France back-row star Charles Ollivon, who has inked a new contract through until the end of 2027.

The 30-year-old started his professional career with Bayonne in 2012 and made his international debut for Les Bleus against Fiji in 2014 before joining Toulon the following year.

Stalwart for France

Since then, he has gone on to make 39 Test appearances and he also captained France during the 2020 Six Nations when they finished in second place behind England.

In 2021, Ollivon sustained a ACL injury – in a club match for Toulon – which kept him on the sidelines for 15 months but he made a successful return to action and was soon recalled to the French national side.

Ollivon is delighted to further his career with Toulon.

“Toulon has become my second home, and I am honoured to continue to wear this iconic jersey,” he told the club’s official website.

“I look forward to contributing further to the team’s success and sharing more great moments with our exceptional fans.

“It was important to share this announcement with them today, because they are our biggest support on a daily basis. So it’s a way of thanking them for always being behind us.”

Crucial figure at Toulon

Toulon’s director of sport, Laurent Emmanuelli, said Ollivon is a crucial figure at the club and is happy that he has signed a new deal.

“Charles embodies the spirit of Rugby club Toulonnais, through his dedication, his talent and his determination to achieve excellence,” he said.

“We are delighted to continue this adventure with him until 2027 and are convinced that his positive impact will continue to spread among his partners on and off the pitch.

“From this point of view, Charles’ role as captain and catalyst of the team is preponderant.”

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