27 Jan 2009

Umaga to resume playing career at troubled Toulon

5:42 am on 27 January 2009

The former All Blacks captain Tana Umaga is resurrecting his playing career at Toulon who're in serious danger of relegation after only one season in the French first division.

Umaga, who retired from competitive rugby two years ago, has signed a player's contract until the end of the current season.

Umaga guided Toulon into the top flight last year but the team are second from bottom of the Top 14 table despite investing huge sums in high-profile players including Sonny Bill Williams, Jerry Collins and Joe van Niekerk.

Toulon have announced that Umaga will continue in his role as manager, but they've signed the former French captain Philippe Saint-Andrew as their new sporting director for next season, when he'll work alongside Umaga.

Saint-Andre ends his coaching stint at Sale at the end of this season, and he'll be joining Toulon in July, along with Sale's former French hooker Sebastien Bruno.