Toulon’s quest to sign a replacement for the departing Duane Vermeulen seems to have come to an end with news that they are about to announce the signing of a former All Black from the Chiefs.
Vermeulen, who has spent two years in the south of France, will return to the Stormers at the end of the current season which is a huge coup for Rassie Erasmus to get the talented back-row forward back into the South African system.
Of course, that means Toulon are left short of a top-quality international player but it seems that have identified Liam Messam as their man to fill the void left by the Springbok.
Messam’s contract with the Chiefs expires at the end of this year’s Super Rugby campaign and according to stuff.co.nz, Messam has signed a two-year contract with Mourad Boudjellal’s club, confirmation of which should be made this Saturday.
Messam was the subject of interest from Lyon, as reported by Midi Olympique last month but it seems that the 43-times capped All Black has opted for Toulon.
Messam is the most capped player in the Chiefs’ history with 161 appearances since he made his debut in 2006. This season, which will be his last, will be his 18th with the Chiefs before he makes the move to southern France for the 2018/2019 Top 14 season.