Carl Hayman to captain French club Toulon

Last updated 12:00 28/07/2014
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OLD TIMERS: Jonny Wilkinson, right, with team mate Carl Hayman, who will take over from him as captain of Toulon.

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Former All Blacks prop Carl Hayman has been named captain of champion European rugby club Toulon.

The 34-year-old was announced as the new skipper at a season-launching function by head coach Bernard Laporte.

He takes over as skipper from English great Jonny Wilkinson who retired from rugby in the wake of Toulon's successful defence of the Heineken Cup in May.

Laporte said Hayman would be helped in the team's leadership by another former All Black, Chris Masoe, along with Pumas loose forward Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe.

Hayman tweeted: Thank you for your messages. I am very honored to be asked to be the captain of @ RCTofficiel.

A man of few words but hugely respected for his strength and technique, Hayman has become a key ingredient in Toulon's success after a quiet introduction there following his move from English club Newcastle Falcons in 2010.

He has gone on to play 98 matches in the Toulon jersey.

Hayman left New Zealand rugby in the wake of the 2007 World Cup disaster where he played the last of his 45 tests. He established his name with Otago and the Highlanders.

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