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Ma'a Nonu relishing a fresh challenge with Toulon

By Robert Jones

Ma'a Nonu has arrived at Toulon and immediately set his sights on silverware with the Top 14 club.

The rampaging centre is fresh from helping New Zealand retain the Rugby World Cup last month, but that success has not dampened his desire for further glories.

Speaking at his official unveiling at Toulon, winners of the European Champions Cup for the past three seasons, Nonu said: "I want to thank the club and especially (president) Mourad Boudjellal for this opportunity and I'm looking forward to playing my rugby here.

"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."

The 33-year-old was announced as the latest big-name arrival at Toulon in December 2014 on a two-year deal, but only arrived in France yesterday after his exploits at the World Cup.

Nonu has racked up 103 caps for the All Blacks, but his international career now appears to be over.

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

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