Super Rugby

Toulouse sign All Black star Kaino

Jerome Kaino (Gallo Images)
Jerome Kaino (Gallo Images)

Toulouse - All Black back-rower Jerome Kaino, a double world champion, will join Toulouse on a two-year contract, club president Didier Lacroix announced on Thursday.

The signing of a star player who was also being eyed by French Top 14 rivals Toulon represents a coup for Toulouse.

Kaino, who turns 35 in April, played 81 times for New Zealand and won the Rugby World Cup in 2011 and 2015.

Kaino had announced on Wednesday that he was retiring from the national team and would head to a French club at the end of the Super Rugby campaign for his current team, the Blues.

Lacroix said Toulouse were signing "more than a player".

He said Kaino "is someone who will bring his experience, his high standards, his willingness to work" to "grow" his team-mates and help the club's play "evolve."

"There are players like that, I do not think there are 10 on the planet but he is one of them," added the Toulouse president.