Former New Zealand prop Carl Hayman replaces Jonny Wilkinson as Toulon captain

Last Updated: 26/07/14 4:35pm

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Carl Hayman (left) replaces Jonny Wilkinson (right) as Toulon captain

Carl Hayman (left) replaces Jonny Wilkinson (right) as Toulon captain

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Former New Zealand prop Carl Hayman will take over the captaincy at French side Toulon following Jonny Wilkinson’s retirement from rugby.

Wilkinson ended a glittering 17-year career in rugby at the end of last season, bowing out in style as he helped Toulon to an 18-10 win over Castres in the Top 14 final.

The 36-year-old began his career at Newcastle Falcons, the club which Hayman left to join Newcastle in 2010.

Hayman won 45 caps for the All Blacks between 2001-2007 and spent eight years with the Highlanders before making the move to England.

Widely regarded as one of the best props in world rugby, Hayman has been given the nod to captain Toulon by head coach Bernard Laporte and will be supported by fellow forwards Chris Masoe and Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe.

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