Toulouse sign Samoa international

After losing Rhys Curran to London earlier today, Toulouse have moved quickly to secure his replacement, in the shape of former Samoa international Frank Winterstein.

The 32-year-old has signed a two-year deal after spending last season in the NRL with Penrith Panthers.

Winterstein’s name will be a familiar one to Super League fans, as he spent five seasons in the UK between 2009 and 2013, playing for Wakefield, Crusaders and Widnes.

He has also had two other spells in the NRL with Canterbury and Manly and has also played rugby union for Japanese side Kintetsu Liners and the Australian 7s side.

A Samoan international on nine occasions, he brings over 170 games-worth of experience to Sylvain Houles’ squad.

“I am delighted to join Toulouse Olympique and I look forward to meeting my teammates and the staff,” he said. “My family and I are excited about life in Toulouse.

“I want to bring all my experience to the group to achieve our number one goal – promotion to Super League”