Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal has revealed he isn’t too impressed with recent signings Ma’a Nonu, Quade Cooper and Tom Taylor.
The controversial owner told reporters last week that Nonu, who joined the Top 14 club after winning his second Rugby World Cup title, was not yet a “lost bet” but had produced some “disappointing” performances for the club.
Ahead of Sunday’s win over Bath, Boudjellal said in Le10sport that Cooper’s performances were being not “at the level for which we have recruited” .
Toulon won the Champions Cup clash 12-9 but according to the Guardian match report: “Neither [Nonu or Cooper] did much to alter those perceptions [of Boudjellal]”.
Boudjellal, who last week threatened to withdraw Toulon from the Top 14, was most scathing of three-time All Black Tom Taylor saying: “I have the impression that Tom Taylor, an All Black, trembles each time he has a penalty attempt”.
Cooper has had a tough act to follow in the form of England legend Jonny Wilkinson in the red No 10 jersey.
Asked how the change was working, Boudjellal told Quinze Mondial: “It’s difficult to go from foie gras to pâté.”
That translated to having Wilkinson as the duck delicacy and Cooper as the standard fare.
“For now, Cooper is not what I was hoping for. But we have to also give him time.
“Right now if I say that I’m not happy with our stars, it’s only because we expect a lot. It’s true that in our imagination, we want them to fly across the pitch.
“We’ve been spoiled somewhat by [Tana] Umaga and then Wilkinson, so maybe we need to give them time…”