Clermont bring in former All Black Toeava


Clermont Auvergne have signed former New Zealand back Isaia Toeava on a two-year contract.

The versatile Toeava will ply his trade in the Top 14 for the first time after agreeing a deal until June 2018.

Samoa-born Toeava, 30, moves to Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin following a three-year spell in Japan and will provide cover for Nick Abendanon, who underwent groin surgery last week.

Clermont's director of sport Jean-Marc Lhermet said: "We are very pleased to have reached an agreement with Isaia.

"He can play in a number of positions at the back and this is a time when we have many players out injured and we need to adapt.

"We had been targeting this for a long time. We recently managed to reach an agreement for the next two seasons, but we had an opportunity to use this option earlier."

The arrival of Toeava, who has 36 caps for the All Blacks, is a welcome boost for a Clermont side who are out of the European Champions Cup and sit fourth in the Top 14 after losing 19-15 to Montpellier on Saturday.