Toulon owner rips into Nonu and Cooper

Former All Blacks second-five Ma'a Nonu. Photo / Brett Phibbs
Former All Blacks second-five Ma'a Nonu. Photo / Brett Phibbs

Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal has revealed he isn't too impressed with recent signings Ma'a Nonu, Quade Cooper and Tom Taylor.

The controversial owner told reporters last week that Nonu, who joined the Top 14 club after winning his second Rugby World Cup title, was not yet a "lost bet" but had produced some "disappointing" performances for the club.

Ahead of Sunday's win over Bath, Boudjellal said in Le10sport that Cooper's performances were being not "at the level for which we have recruited" .

Toulon won the Champions Cup clash 12-9 but according to the Guardian match report: "Neither [Nonu or Cooper] did much to alter those perceptions [of Boudjellal]".

Boudjellal, who last week threatened to withdraw Toulon from the Top 14, was most scathing of three-time All Black Tom Taylor saying: "I have the impression that Tom Taylor, an All Black, trembles each time he has a penalty attempt".

- NZ Herald

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