Three time European champions RC Toulon have continued their recruitment drive with the signing of Argentina star Facundo Isa.
The European Rugby Champions Cup quarter-finalists have already added the likes of Ben Barba, Chris Ashton, Raphael Lakafia, Semi Radradra, Hugo Bonneval and Filipo Nakos. But 23-year-old Isa, who is regarded as one of the southern hemisphere's finest back-rowers, will be seen as a major coup for Mike Ford's men.
Isa, as a 20-year-old, played one match for Toulon in 2014, before returning to Argentina to play for the Pampas XV (in South Africa's Vodacom Cup), before switching to the Jaguares in 2016. But he has now signed a two-year deal at Stade Felix Mayol and will arrive in the south of France after his commitments with the Jaguares. In a further boost to the former champions, All Blacks great Ma'a Nonu has extended his contract for a further season.
Toulon qualified for the Champions Cup quarter-finals as eighth seeds after finishing behind Saracens in Pool 3. They setup mouthwatering all-French clash at ASM Clermont Auvergne on Sunday April 1.
Clermont will be out for revenge after Toulon claimed the title in 2015 with a 24-18 triumph at Twickenham. Toulon are currently fifth in the TOP14, 12 points adrift of leaders La Rochelle, while Clermont are snapping at their heels in second.