Ali Williams to leave Blues and play for Toulon

Former All Black lock and Blues captain Ali Williams will play his final Super Rugby this weekend as he has agreed to join Heineken Cup champions Toulon.

Williams announced his international retirement earlier this year but has signed a one-year contract for next season as replacement for Englishman Nick Kennedy.

The 32-year-old Williams, who has been capped 77 times by his country, will arrive at Stade Mayol between mid-September and early October after completing the Super Rugby season with his current club the Blues.

Kennedy requested to leave Toulon and club president Mourad Boudjellal said that club policy was not to hold onto players who wanted to leave.

Williams is the seventh new signing made by Toulon in the close season after Martin Castrogiovanni, Benjamin Noirot, Emmanuel Felsina, Michael Claassens, Drew Mitchell and Bryan Habana.

Toulon won the Heineken Cup for the first time last season defeating Clermont in the final, but, after leading the Top 14 for most of the year, they were upset in the championship final by Castres.

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