New five-year deal for Bastareaud

Toulon have announced that France outside centre Mathieu Bastareaud has pledged his future to the club, inking a five-year contract extension.

The 27-year-old has been in impressive form so far this season, following on from a strong Rugby World Cup campaign in the blue of France.

Toulon confirmed the news on their Twitter account and it follows the signing of fly-half Francois Trinh-Duc, who will join them from Montpellier.

Bastareaud is set to play alongside another new signing, Ma'a Nonu, in midfield this season.