Mourad Boudjellal added another fly half to Toulon’s squad.
Mourad Boudjellal last night confirmed that Toulon had signed French international fly half, François Trinh-Duc. The move does not come as too much of a surprise, after we reported that both Toulon and Toulouse were chasing Trinh-Duc earlier this week.
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Nevertheless, the pace at which Toulon completed their negotiations with Trinh-Duc will shock many fans. Only last week the French playmaker stated his ambition to leave Montpellier, alerting both Toulon and Toulouse.
Indeed many were anticipating Toulouse to let go of Luke McAlister to make way for Trinh-Duc, but will now most likely activate the former All Black’s option of remaining at the club for another year.
However, after Toulon went to such effort to bring Quade Cooper to the south of France, the signing of Trinh-Duc has raised questions over the future of the Wallaby international in the French media.
Although Toulon are one of the few clubs who could afford to have both Cooper and Trinh-Duc on their books, writing on Rugbyrama, Fabien Pomiès claims that the arrival of the French international could see the mercurial Wallaby leave after just one season.
Nevertheless, with Frédéric Michalak’s contract with the three time European Champions set to expire next summer, Toulon could yet keep Cooper by triggering the optional second year in his contract.
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena