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Mermoz, Allan win deals

Thursday, December 19, 2013

TOULON - France centre Maxime Mermoz has extended his contract with European rugby champions Toulon which ties him to the club until 2017, the club announced on Monday.

The 27-year-old — capped 25 times since making his Test debut against Australia in 2008 — has been at Toulon since signing from Perpignan last year.

Mermoz, who was part of the France side that lost 8-7 to New Zealand in the 2011 World Cup final, enjoyed immediate success with Toulon when they beat fellow French side Clermont in the European Cup final earlier this year.

Young Italian international five-eighth Tommaso Allan's good performances in the Top 14 won him a two-year contract extension on Monday from Perpignan.

The 20-year-old - born in Italy to a Scottish rugby-playing father and an Italian mother — has become Perpignan's first choice No.10 after starting as third in line.

First choice Camille Lopez is out for the rest of the season with ruptured cruciate ligaments and Welsh international James Hook has been used mostly at fullback.

Allan, who played for Scotland at every youth level before opting to represent Italy, earned a rave review from Perpignan manager Marc Delpoux over his performance in Saturday's 18-17 defeat by Irish province Munster in their European Cup clash in which he scored 12 points although he missed several penalties.