Super Rugby switch appeals to Trinh-Duc

Date published: December 1 2015

Montpellier pivot François Trinh-Duc is interested in moving to Super Rugby despite announcing recently he will join Toulon next season.

The France international signed a three-year deal with the European champions last week, which will bring to an end a 15-year association with his hometown club, Montpellier.

But although he said his impending move to Toulon was motivated by a desire to try something new, the 29-year-old would not rule out a switch to Super Rugby later in his career.

"I took the time to reflect before making a long and difficult choice," he told AFP.

"It's an important choice in my personal and professional life.

"After the World Cup disappointment (he was left out of the France squad), I wanted to try something totally different, maybe even Super Rugby.

"In any case, that's something I still have in mind.

"It was a complicated decision given I had offers from Toulon, Toulouse and Montpellier, who had made a huge offer to keep me.

"The president (Mohed Altrad) reminded me many times that he absolutely wanted to keep me."

But the chance to join a team that has won several tournaments over the last three seasons was too tempting to turn down for a player who has won no trophies in his club career – the closest he came was when Montpellier lost to Toulouse in the 2011 Top 14 Final.

"Above all, it's a sporting choice," added Trinh-Duc.

"Toulon should allow me to step up to a new level at an important time in my career.

"I've come to the point where I need to leave to continue improving so I can reach my best level.

"I will be able to work with those who know best – Jonny Wilkinson and Diego Dominguez – two world class (former) players in my position."

Trinh-Duc denied that his switch to Toulon was financially motivated.

"Two years ago (when he extended his Montpellier contract) I didn't make my choice due to my salary," he explained.

"It wasn't what tipped the scales this time either. It comes into play in the negotiations, but president Altrad and Toulouse both made me good offers."