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Toulon to confirm All Black, Springbok signings


Toulon to confirm All Black, Springbok signings

French club Toulon are set to confirm the signing of All Blacks winger Nehe Milner-Skudder and Springboks lock Eben Etzebeth.

According to reports from RMC Sports and Midi Olympique the pair of 27-year-olds will link up with Toulon for the 2019 Top 14 season, with Milner-Skudder joining on a three-year deal and Etzebeth signing on for two years.

Milner-Skudder has played 13 tests for the All Blacks since bursting onto the scene in 2015. He starred during the All Blacks’ run to their second consecutive Rugby World Cup but has been unlucky with injury in recent times after undergoing two shoulder surgeries.

Etzebeth has made 75 appearances for the Springboks since 2012 and has represented the Stormers in Super Rugby over 50 times.

There are still questions as to whether both of these players will be eligible to play in the Champions Cup next year if Toulon qualify.

Toulon currently have three former All Blacks on the books in Julian Savea, Liam Messam and Malakai Fekitoa, while Etzebeth will join former Springboks Marcel van der Merwe, Juandre Kruger, Jacques Potgeiter and JP Pietersen.

News of Milner-Skudder’s departure comes one day after All Blacks fullback Ben Smith confirmed his move to the Top 14, where he will join Pau after the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

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Toulon to confirm All Black, Springbok signings