Leicester Tigers have confirmed the signing of France international centre Maxime Mermoz for the rest of the 2016/17 season.
Tigers agreed terms with the 30-year-old Mermoz after losing both Matt Toomua and Manu Tuilagi to long-term injury this season and have now received official clearance from the French Rugby Federation for his move to Welford Road.
Mermoz gained the first of 35 Test caps in 2008 and won league titles with Toulouse and Perpignan before moving to Toulon where he shared in their European Cup triumphs of 2013 and 2014 as well as securing another league winner’s medal.
Head coach Aaron Mauger told the Leicester Tigers website: “We are missing two big players in our midfield and we’re very happy to be able to bring in a player of Maxime’s style, quality and experience there.
“He has played at the highest level in France, in Europe and internationally, and we look forward to bringing him into the squad here.”