Nonu ready for Toulon challenge


Rugby World Cup winner Ma'a Nonu is relishing the chance to test himself in the Top 14 after being unveiled as a Toulon player on Monday.

The centre agreed a deal to leave Super Rugby for France in December 2014, and following his World Cup triumph with New Zealand is set to play in Europe for the first time, effectively bringing his glittering international career to a close.

Nonu - who has scored 160 points in 103 Tests for the All Blacks - arrives at Toulon having lifted the Webb Ellis Trophy for the second time, and he is keen to add more silverware to his collection.

"I want to thank the club and especially (president) Mourad Boudjellal for this opportunity and I'm looking forward to playing my rugby here," he said at a media conference on Monday. 

"They've won the championship three years in row, a lot of good players I've played against are playing here and I'm looking forward to playing alongside them.

"With the success of this club, everyone wants to beat Toulon and the purpose for this club is to win again. I'm here to try my best for this club and I want to achieve things here as well.

"I come here for a new adventure, this is my home now and I will give my all for Toulon."

Nonu - who will make his debut against Agen on December 5 - joins a star-studded squad in the south of France that includes the likes of Quade Cooper, Frederic Michalak, Matt Giteau, and Bryan Habana.

He added: "Everyone has had lots to say about Toulon - the people are really nice and it's the place to play rugby, the fans are mad about rugby and it's a really nice lifestyle for the family. 

"I've watched the Top 14 over the years and it's a great competition, a great style of rugby - similar to New Zealand footy - really passionate fans and one of the best competitions in the world."