Chris Ashton signs for Toulon
Chris Ashton will join French Top 14 side Toulon at the end of the 2016-17 Premiership season
The 29-year-old has scored 19 tries in 39 Tests but has not featured for the national side under Eddie Jones
Ashton joined Sarries in 2012 and has won two Premiership titles and the European Champions Cup
Premiership and Champions Cup holders Saracens have confirmed that wing Chris Ashton will join Toulon at the end of this season.
The 29-year-old England international will link up with the Top 14 outfit for the 2017/18 campaign after five seasons with Saracens where he became the club’s leading try scorer and won two Premiership titles and a Champions Cup with the Men in Black.
“We would like to thank Chris for his contribution to Saracens over the last five seasons and the role he played in helping us create some incredible memories during that period.
“Chris will still have an important role to play this season and we’ll look forward to seeing him back in action after his suspension,” Mark McCall, Saracens Director of Rugby, said in a statement.
On leaving Saracens at the end of the season, Ashton said: “I’d like to put on record my thanks to Mark McCall, our Chairman Nigel Wray and the whole team at Saracens for the manner in which they have dealt with my request to join Toulon next season.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Allianz Park and I have made so many special memories on and off the field.
“I have developed as a player during my time with Sarries but more importantly I have developed as a person, and I will always be indebted to the club for that.
“There is a tremendous culture at Saracens and the bond between everyone here is very tight. It will be a real wrench for me to leave all that behind at the end of the season but I’m looking forward to a new challenge at Toulon next year.