Toulon Lock Ribbans Extends Contract Until 2028: A Pivotal Move for France’s Rugby Giants

In a significant move for Toulon Rugby, lock David Ribbans has extended his contract with the French club until 2028, effectively ending his chances of representing England again. The 28-year-old former Northampton Saints player joined Toulon in 2023 and has now committed to a new World Cup cycle with the three-time European champions.

BBC Sport Rugby Union: Toulon Lock Ribbans Extends Contract Until 2028

Toulon’s prized acquisition, lock David Ribbans, has signed a new two-year contract extension with the French club, tying him down until 2028. This effectively ends any chances of the former Northampton Saints player returning to represent England again.

Ribbans, who is now 28 years old, originally joined Toulon on a three-year deal in 2023 after leaving the Gallagher Premiership. The extension will take him through a new World Cup cycle, putting his international ambitions with England on the back burner.

“This club and this city have become a second home for me. I look forward to continuing to give my best to help the team reach new heights,” Ribbans said after signing the contract.

Rugby director Laurent Emmanuelli expressed delight at retaining Ribbans, describing him as “an exceptional player, both on and off the pitch, who is fully invested in the success of the club.

Ribbans will be joined at Toulon next season by his former England teammate Kyle Sinckler, as well as his ex-Northampton colleague Lewis Ludlam. The lock is set to feature for the Barbarians against Fiji at Twickenham next week, provided Toulon do not reach the Top 14 semi-finals.

The three-time European champions are currently preparing to face La Rochelle in the Top 14 quarter-finals this Saturday, with Ribbans expected to play a key role in their campaign.

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