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    Cooper linked to Toulon move

    2015-04-21 14:09

    Cape Town - Wallaby star Quade Cooper will join Toulon on a two-year deal next season, according to reports in France.

    The Reds playmaker will quit Super Rugby to join the reigning French and European champions having spent the weekend in the south of France.

    Cooper was on hand to watch Toulon make their third successive European Cup final in Marseille on Sunday, and L'Equipe is now reporting that he has signed a two-year contract.

    It's the latest in a string of big name signings for the French side, with club owner Mourad Boudjellal having hinted at the move over the weekend.

    Cooper will join the likes of Ma'a Nonu, Samu Manoa and Napolioni Nalaga next season, while Springbok No 8 Duane Vermeulen has also been linked with a move to the club.

    And Toulon might not be done there, with reports emerging on Tuesday that Ireland lock Paul O'Connell could also be on their radar.

    Boudjellal had previously talked of bringing in 'The Fantastic Four' next year, but it's not yet clear which of his new recruits fall under this category.

    Toulon are currently top of the Top 14, and will play Clermont in next weekend's Champions Cup final as they seek a historic third straight title.

    Cooper's departure is the latest big blow for the Reds, who have already lost James Horwill and Will Genia to European deals next year.

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