Backed by the financial firepower of Mourad Boudjellal, Toulon are one of rugby’s few super clubs. As a result, some of the game’s biggest names have been drawn to the Stade Mayol.
However the huge influx of players means that each season, a large number leave the club. While some players like Steffon Armitage leave Toulon after enjoying a trophy laden spell, others such as Quade Cooper struggle for form before being shown the exit door.
Indeed, numerous players with international experience are often discarded at the end of each campaign, after failing to make an impact at the Stade Mayol,
[tie_slide]1. Alexandre Menini
Before joining Toulon, Alexandre Menini played at a number of Top 14 clubs. However after joining Mourad Boudjellal’s team, the loosehead played the best rugby of his career, and subsequently won 6 internationals caps with France.
However this summer Menini was seen as surplus to requirements, and opted to join newly promoted Lyon.
[tie_slide]2. Mohamed Boughanmi
127 Kg Mohamed Boughanmi is one of those who failed to make an impact at Toulon, and will join La Rochelle this summer, despite having only enjoyed one season at the Stade Mayol.
[tie_slide] 3. Manasa Saulo
Last October it was announced that 27 times capped Fijian international Manasa Saulo would join Toulouse this summer from Romanian side, Timisoara Saracens.
However after Toulon sacked Salesi Ma’afu in January, Saulo agreed to join the three time European Champions on a short term contract.
[tie_slide]4. Konstantin Mikautadze
Another in the long line of tough Georgian forwards, Konstantin Mikautadze agreed to join Montpellier after spending six years with Toulon.
Given his size and power, Toulon tried to keep hold of Mikautadze, but to no avail.
[tie_slide]5. Paul O’Connell
Paul O’Connell was supposed to join Toulon after the World Cup, but injury denied the legendary Irish lock the opportunity of finishing his career in the south of France.
Given that O’Connell was signed on a two year deal, Boudjellal immediately attempted to sign a replacement, but will have to wait until the arrival of Juandré Kruger from Racing 92.
[tie_slide]6. Thibault Lassalle
28 year old Thibault Lassalle joined Toulon in the summer of 2015, but will leave for Castres after failing to make an impact.
[tie_slide]7. Steffon Armitage
Mourad Boudjellal surprised the rugby world when he announced Steffon Armitage had asked to leave Toulon.
Wasps fans immediately got excited at the prospect of former European player of the year returning to the Premiership, but he ultimately decided to join Pau.
[tie_slide]8. Virgile Bruni
After spending four seasons at Toulon, Virgile Bruni declared his intention to join newly promoted Lyon in March.
[tie_slide] 9. Frédéric Michalak
For some reason Boudjellal appeared to have a soft spot for Frédéric Michalak, but that was not enough to encourage the 77 times capped French international from turning down Lyon.
[tie_slide]10. Quade Cooper
Despite chasing Quade Cooper for what seemed like months, Toulon will part company with mercurial fly half after only one season.
[tie_slide]11. Lachlan Turner
15 times capped Australian utility back, Lachlan Turner, joined Toulon at the beginning of the season, as cover during the Rugby World Cup.
After scoring four tries for the French giants, he subsequently decided to join the Exeter Chiefs.
[tie_slide]12. Tom Taylor
Tom Taylor was highly regarded in New Zealand when he took the decision to leave for the Top 14. However, although he impressed at times, Toulon made little effort to turn down the advances of Pau.
[tie_slide]13. Maxime Mermoz
The arrival of Ma’a Nonu last summer mad it very difficult for Maxime Mermoz to retain his place in Toulon’s starting XV.
Indeed, after Nonu appeared to struggle, Mermoz had to make do with a place on the bench. As a result, it now looks as if the 35 times capped French international will leave, with both Bath and Bordeaux Begles reportedly interested.
[tie_slide]14. Delon Armitage
After an incredibly successful stint at Toulon, Delon Armitage’s time at the Stade Mayol will finally come to an end when he joins Lyon this summer.
[tie_slide]15. UJ Seuteni
Given that Toulon only generally sign established stars, it came as a surprise when Toulon announced the capture UJ Seuteni from the Queensland Reds. However the Australian youngster struggled to overcome the enormous amount of competition ahead of him and will join Oyonnax.
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