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Boudjellal takes to Twitter to spark speculation Toulon have signed a Fijian Olympic medal winner

A Mourad Boudjellal tweet has left Toulon fans wondering if the French club owner has made a 2016 Olympic medal winner with Fiji his latest signing.  

It emerged on Thursday that the eccentric Top 14 club boss has been in negations with a sevens star, but no name was mentioned at time.

However, Boudjellal took to Twitter on Friday night and posted an action video of Masivesi Dakuwaqa, a member of the Fiji team that were crowned Olympic sevens champion at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.

Nearly two years ago, in May 2017, hot had been announced that Dakuwaqa had switched codes to league and signed with NRL outfit, the Canberra Raiders. 

He then moved to Western Force for their debut season in World Series Rugby and left the Australia side’s coach, Tim Sampson, singing the praises of the Fijian who overcame a childhood eye injury to forge a professional career in rugby.

“It’s amazing. He suffered a freak accident some years back,” said Sampson in interviews following Dakuwaqa’s debut in the wing in June last year. “For him to showcase the skills that he dishes up is pretty impressive considering.

“It’s something he’s gotten used to over the years. You wouldn’t know (he’s blind in one eye) looking at how he plays. He’s a breath of fresh air for us. He’s very popular amongst the squad.

“He adds a different dynamic to the side with his size and speed. He’s someone who I think will develop into a quality player.”

Masivesi Dakuwaqa gives a thumbs-up from the Western Force dressing room (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

The 25-year-old, who tips the scales at 105kgs, featured in the Force’s Rugby Asia Showcase Series game against the South China Tigers on March 29 but we missing from Friday night’s win over Asia Pacific Dragons in Perth. 

If the winger is signed by Boudjellal, his arrival would compensate for the departures of Josua Tuisova in Lyon and Filipo Nakosi to Castres.

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Boudjellal takes to Twitter to spark speculation Toulon have signed a Fijian Olympic medal winner