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The Superstar XV Toulon Could Select Next Season Having Already Announced Eight New Signings

BARNET, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Chris Ashton of Saracens looks on during the Aviva Premiership match between Saracens and Northampton Saints at Allianz Park on September 17, 2016 in Barnet, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Just as it seemed as though Mourad Boudjellal was losing his vigour, the comic book magnate dispensed with the idea of selling Toulon and began to re-invest in a club that looked to be going backwards.

Since appointing Mike Ford as coach back in October, Boudjellal has been assembling a squad of players that has the potential to challenge for honours both in the Top 14 and Europe. Among those said to be leaving the club are Matt Giteau, Juan Smith, Drew Mitchell, Maxime Mermoz and Juandré Kruger, while James O’Connor’s future looks to be hanging by a thread.

In their place have already come eight players, with rumours also linking Toulon with a move for Malakai Fekitoa. If the All Black centre were to make the move to the Stade Mayol, he would join Chris Ashton, Raphaël Lakafia, Filipo Nakosi, Hugo Bonneval, Semi Radradra, Jonathan Wisniewski, Ben Barba and the hugely powerful Facundo Isa at the Stade Mayol next season.

However, gaps remain in the Toulon squad, particularly in the front five, where they have been unable to dominate sides this season. This raises the prospect of Boudjellal bringing in further players before the 2017/18 season kicks off.


[tie_slide]1. Xavier Chiocci

ASM Clermont Auvergne v RC Toulon - European Rugby Champions Cup Final


[tie_slide]2. Guilhem Guirado

ASM Clermont Auvergne v RC Toulon - European Rugby Champions Cup Final


[tie_slide]3. Levan Chilachava

European Rugby Champions Cup Round 2, Ricoh Arena, Coventry, England 22/11/2015 Wasps vs RC Toulon Wasps; Nathan Hughes tackles Levan Chilachava of Toulon Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan



[tie_slide]4. Samu Manoa

Wasps v RC Toulon - European Rugby Champions Cup


[tie_slide]5. Mamuka Gorgodze

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07: Mamuka Gorgodze takes on Owen Williams during the European Rugby Champions Cup group 3 match between Leicester Tigers and RC Toulon at Welford Road on December 7, 2014 in Leicester, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)


[tie_slide]6. Facundo Isa

Facundo Isa


[tie_slide]7. Liam Gill

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 22: Liam Gill of the Reds breaks away from the defence during the round 15 Super Rugby match between the Reds and the Sharks at Suncorp Stadium on May 22, 2015 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)



[tie_slide]8. Duane Vermeulen

COVENTRY, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 22: Duane Vermeulen of Toulon runs with the ball during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Wasps and Toulon at the Ricoh Arena on November 22, 2015 in Coventry, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)


[tie_slide]9. Sébastien Tillous-Borde



[tie_slide]10. François Trinh-Duc

Sale Sharks v RC Toulon - European Rugby Champions Cup


[tie_slide]11. Chris Ashton

Scarlets v Saracens - European Rugby Champions Cup



[tie_slide]12. Ma’a Nonu

Saracens v RC Toulon - European Rugby Champions Cup


[tie_slide]13. Josua Tuisova

Racing 92 v RC Toulon - European Rugby Champions Cup Quarter Final


[tie_slide]14. Semi Radradra


[tie_slide]15. Hugo Bonneval

Leicester Tigers v Stade Francais Paris - European Rugby Champions Cup



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