Franck Azema, le président Bernard Lemaître, Pierre Mignoni et Laurent Emmanuelli ont présenté le visage 2022-2023 de Toulon.

Top 14. Bastareaud, 1 surprise recruit, 11 extensions… Toulon reveals its face 2022-2023


Franck Azema, President Bernard Lemaître, Pierre Mignoni and Laurent Emmanuelli presented the 2022-2023 face of Toulon. (©Icon Sport)

If the resumption of training for the professional group is only scheduled for Wednesday July 13, 2022, the club of Toulon made its comeback this Tuesday, July 5, to present its face for the season 2022-2023. The opportunity to see officially, for the first time, Franck Azema and Pierre Mignoniside by side, the second named returning to the RCT 7 years after his departure.

“We will both be on the pitch. We are going to divide up the roles, “said the former international scrum-half (28 caps), who ended his playing career in 2011, and who will officially take up the position of Director of Rugby, when Franck Azema , he will be Sports Manager.

The two men will work as a duo, and will have an armed staff on hand, with the arrival in particular of the former international referee, Romain Poitebut also of Richie Gray in charge of attitude to contacts. Note also that the former international opening half (82 selections), Sandrine Agriculturalreturns to the Var medical staff.

9 recruits, including a little surprise

Toulon, whose president Bernard Lemaitre has set the primary objective of finishing “at least in the top 6 of the championship”, counts 9 recruits and has made some very big hits, like the Waisea center (Stade Français), the international pillar Dany Priso (15 selections), the hooker of Racing 92 Teddy Baubigny (1 selection) or the Rochelais Ihaia West (opener), Mathieu Tanguy (second row) and Jérémy Sinzelle (versatile three-quarters).

Montpellier scrum-half, French champion on June 24, Benoit Paillaugue, will wear the colors of the Rouge et Noir next year, as will Vannes center Maelan Rabut.

The RCT also announced on Tuesday the arrival of a surprise recruit, well known in the Top 14: Sitaleki Timani. The Australian second line (35 years old; 18 selections), passed by Montpellier and Clermont, had left Auvergne in February 2021 “for personal reasons”. He had returned to the country, before responding to the sirens of the RCT. “With the departure of Eben Etzebeth, we needed to hire someone solid for this position. Timani is a 2e high level line. Franck knows him well,” explained Pierre Mignoni. He signed for 2 years in Toulon.

Players who extended to Toulon

Bruce Devaux (2024), Jean-Baptiste Gros (2025), Christopher Tolofua (2025), Brian Alainu’uese (2025), Swan Rebbadj (2026), Sergio Parisse (2023), Facundo Isa (2025), Baptiste Serin (2026 ). ), Matthew Smiley (2025), Duncan Paia’aua (2025), Ryan Rebbadj (2024).

Pierre Mignoni and Franck Azema will be in charge of the Toulon staff next season.
Pierre Mignoni and Franck Azema will be in charge of the Toulon staff next season. (©Icon Sport)

Mignoni talks about Mathieu Bastareaud

Timani might not be the only surprise. Indeed, Pierre Mignoni spoke to the press about the case of Mathieu Bastareaudwithout a club since his departure from Lyon and who gives a lot of energy in order to be able to return to the pitch after a serious injury. “Matthew? It’s in the pipes. We would like to see him again, we know him well. We want to help him so he can play again. He’s not a rookie today, but we’re giving ourselves the opportunity. […] If we do it, it will be at position number 8. I practiced it at that position”.

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The RCT will leave for an internship from August 7 to 12 in Tignes, before playing two friendly matches: against Clermont on August 19, and Stade Toulousain on August 25.

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