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Toulouse tie up duo

New Zealand centre Luke McAlister and Australia scrum-half Luke Burgess will join Toulouse after the World Cup, the European champions have announced.

The pair will move to the big-spending Top 14 club from the Auckland Blues and the Waratahs, respectively.

South Africa loosehead prop Gurthro Steenkamp has also been signed from the Bulls while French fly-half Lionel Beauxis has been recruited from Stade Francais.

A statement on read: "After the signatures of Nicolas Bez, Jean-Marc Doussain and Russlan Boukerou, who signed their first professional contracts with the club, Stade Toulousain has formalised its recruitment for the 2011-2012 season.

"Lionel Beauxis, Luke McAlister, Luke Burgess and Gurthro Steenkamp are committed to the club for three years, until the end of the 2013-2014 season. Timoci Matanavou has signed for two years until June 2013."


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