Toulon sign up Michalak
Toulon have announced the arrival of Sharks fly-half Frédéric Michalak on the completion of the Super Rugby season.
Last Updated: 23/12/11 10:49pm
Toulon have announced the arrival of Sharks fly-half Frederic Michalak on the completion of the Super Rugby season.
A veteran of 54 Tests, Michalak has long made clear his intentions of returning to France with the ambition of playing at the 2015 World Cup under new France coach Philippe Saint-André.
He will however see out the remainder of his contract with the South African side and head to the South coast of France for the start of the 2012/2013 European season.
Still only 29, the versatile former Toulouse playmaker, he can also play scrum-half, looks set to sign for three years.
Toulon are building a formidable backline as Michalak is set to join international stars Alexis Palisson, Mathieu Bastareaud, Matthew Giteau, and of course, Jonny Wilkinson.
"Nothing has been signed but there is a verbal agreement on a contract for three years," said Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal.
"I think he will be a Toulon player next season. He has been impressed by the chance to play with Jonny Wilkinson and Matt Giteau.
"We need four to five players of a very high level and, if he signs, Fred will be the start of that."