Former All Black Casey Laulala has quit his coaching post at Toulon with immediate effect.

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The Samoan-born 37-year-old, who last played for Racing in the 2016/17 season, had taken up a skills manager post at Toulon after initially dipping his toe in the coaching waters at Racing, the club he joined from Irish club Munster in 2014.

Laulala had been contracted with Toulon through to the end of a season where the club have shown improvement on last year’s efforts, rising to fourth on the table heading into this Sunday’s home tie with Stade Francais. 

However, that match is going ahead with the twice capped All Black no longer on Patrice Collazo’s backroom staff.

French media are reporting that the reason for his exit is “personal suitability”.

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Laulala had been trekking up and down France as his family had continued to live in Paris rather than make the move south. 

It left the ex-midfielder struggling with the burden of being separated from his family and it resulted in him seeking – and being granted – early release from his contract which was due to expire in July at the end of the French league season.  

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