Leeds Rhinos new signing’s brother signs for Toulouse Olympique

Leeds Rhinos have been active in the transfer market in recent weeks and months.

New head coach Rohan Smith has been busy juggling the salary cap at Headingley with a number of departures including Jack Broadbent, Alex Mellor and Liam Sutcliffe either now or at the end of the season.

Incoming is Wigan Warriors’ James McDonnell as well as Toulouse Olympique prop Justin Sangare.

Justin has played 70 games for Toulouse Olympique having come through the club’s development programme, making his debut for the club in 2016 when he was still just 17 and made six appearances off the bench that season in League One.

The following year he made three starts and eight appearances as a replacement, with nine appearances off the bench in 2018, scoring four tries.

The following year Sangare earned a call up to the French national side for their tour to Australia, which included featuring in the World Nines in Sydney.

In 2021, he was a mainstay of the Toulouse Olympique side which finally secured promotion to Super League, making 13 appearances and scoring ten tries in the process. This season so far he has made five starts and featured in 12 games as a replacement in Super League.  In addition to his club form, Sangare scored for France last season off the bench against England in Perpignan.

However, it is Sangare’s brother, Paul, that has signed on with the French club for next season.

Sangare will be with the reserves in 2023, alongside Etienne Depeyre and Stéphane Guillon with the youngster expected of big things for the future.

Meanwhile, Toulouse’s hopes of staying in Super League are hanging by a thread following a damaging loss to Warrington Wolves last week at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

And, that attempt has been hit even further by the fact that talisman Corey Norman has been banned for eight games, ruling him out for the rest of the season.

If relegation comes – which is looking increasingly likely – it will be the French side’s only season in Super League.

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