10 Oct 2008

Toulon lose by over 50 points in European competition

12:35 pm on 10 October 2008

Tana Umaga's French rugby team Toulon has been thrashed 56-3 in their European Challenge Cup game at Northampton.

The big-spending, newly-promoted Toulon fielded a B-team as they concentrate on cementing their place in the Top 14, after a poor start under Umaga this season.

Toulon marked their promotion on the back of stars including former All Blacks Andrew Mehrtens and Anton Oliver last season by signing the former Kiwis rugby league star Sonny Bill Williams along with Jerry Collins and 16 others for this season.