Noah Lolesio signs short-term 'joker' deal with Toulon

Noah Lolesio will provide cover to Toulon during the Rugby World Cup
Noah Lolesio will provide cover to Toulon during the Rugby World Cup

Brumbies have confirmed that Wallabies fly-half Noah Lolesio has joined French club Toulon following a short-term 'joker' deal.

Lolesio made his Wallabies debut in 2020 and has featured in 12 Tests under Dave Rennie. Nevertheless, he was not part of the Rugby Championship squad named by Eddie Jones.

He will provide cover to Wales international Dan Biggar at Toulon during the showpiece event in France before returning back to Brumbies.

"Noah Lolesio will make up for the absence of Dan Biggar during the World Cup,” Toulon's Director of Rugby Pierre Mignoni said.

"He is a complete player who has good gestural qualities and good footwork. It is also versatile and can slide in the centre if necessary.

"Noah will arrive with Jake Gordon whom he knows well having played several international matches alongside him. This should also facilitate their integration.”

Meanwhile, the club also confirmed that Billy Pollard will join reigning back-to-back European champions La Rochelle before returning to Brumbies in September.

"The club is very supportive of Noah and Billy gaining valuable experience with two top European clubs," said Brumbies head coach Stephen Larkham.

"For both Billy and Noah, experiencing new rugby environments and culture off the field can only aid in their development as players and people and we look forward to welcoming them back in plenty of time to prepare for the 2024 season."