Transfer coup for Toulouse

McAlister, Burgess and Steenkamp join Top 14 outfit

By Tony Curtis - Twitter: @SkySportsTC.   Last Updated: 20/04/11 1:41pm

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Toulouse have given a massive statement of intent ahead of their 2011/12 season by signing a trio of world-class stars.

The reigning Heineken Cup champions have revealed that Luke McAlister, Luke Burgess and Gurthro Steenkamp have all agreed three-year deals to make the move after the World Cup.

A number of clubs had been interesting in signing McAlister, who previously spent a spell in Europe with Sale, however the 27-year-old All Black has been lured to the Top 14.

Australia scrum-half Burgess, also 27, will replace Byron Kelleher in the No.9 jersey, while former SA player of the year Steenkamp will bolster the Toulouse front-row.

Toulouse have also completed their move for Fiji's Timoci Matanavou, with the 26-year-old agreeing to move from ProD2 side Stade Montois.

The quartet will join fellow new signings Lionel Beauxis and Nicolas Bezy, as well as academy graduates Jean-Marc Doussain and Russlan Boukerou, at the club next season.

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