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Signed, sealed and delivered: Rocky Elsom back in Europe with Toulon

The former Leinster flanker could be back in Dublin very soon.

FORMER LEINSTER STAR Rocky Elsom has signed for French Top 14 leaders Toulon today as a replacement for Stephane Munoz, who has been ruled out of the rest of the season after fracturing an eye socket.

Elsom, himself no stranger to the treatment table having suffered a series of groin and shoulder problems since the 2011 World Cup, underwent medical tests this week and is expected to start training next week.

Back-row forward Elsom, who celebrated his 30th birthday in February, played 75 times for Australia between 2005 and 2011 and in recent years featured for the Waratahs in the Super 15 and Kobelco Steelers in the Japanese championship.

The Australian previously won  the European Cup with Leinster in 2009 and will hope to add another medal when the final is hosted in the Aviva Stadium this May.

Toulon could also use Elsom as cover for Argentina’s Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe who is out of action with a ruptured spleen.

Elsom commented, “I am very pleased to sign on with Toluon. This is a big club with big ambitions.

“I know that I’m here because another player [Lobbe] is injured and I will do everything possible to replace him as best I can.”

- © AFP, 2013

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