Toulon sign Rhys Webb's replacement

Toulon sign Rhys Webb's replacement

Following their search for a replacement to fill the void left by Rhys Webb, Toulon have reportedly signed Tongan scrum-half Sonatane Takulua.

According to French publications Midi Olympique & Rugby Rama, the 29-year-old has signed a deal that will see him with the French side until 2022.

Webb left France at the end of last season and returned to Wales after he was granted an early release from the final year of his contract in Toulon.

The scrum-half signed a two-year deal to return to the Liberty Stadium.

His replace Takulua joined Newcastle Falcons in January 2014 from New Zealand province, Northland.

Tonga-born Takulua moved to New Zealand in 2003 and began his rugby journey there with Northland before signing a developmental contract for Super Rugby side, the Blues.

A former Tonga Sevens player, he received his first full international call up in 2014. Scoring a try in a man-of-the-match performance against Japan in the 2015 Pacific Nations Cup, he went on to represent Tonga in the Rugby World Cup later that year, where he played against New Zealand at Newcastle’s St James’ Park.

In 2018-19 Takulua continued his stellar form for the Falcons, standing as one of the Premiership's most accurate goal-kickers as well as scoring eight tries, also captaining his country on their autumn tour and being named Falcons players' player of the season.

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