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All Black halfback Byron Kelleher has signed a two-year deal with Toulouse with an option on a third season, AFP reported today.

Kelleher, 30, was due to sign for another French club, Agen, but decided against the move after the club was relegated from the top flight of French rugby.

Kelleher will join after this year's World Cup, which runs from September 7 to October 20.

Toulouse also announced that recently retired hooker Yannick Bru will replace Serge Lairle on the club's coaching staff.

The 18-time capped Bru, 34, will take charge of coaching the forwards, while Philippe Rouge-Thomas will have control over the backs.