France full-back Thomas Ramos has committed his future to Toulouse in a deal described by the Top 14 club as an “early Christmas present” to supporters.
In a festive boost, club president Didier Lacroix stood with Ramos and a Santa Claus figure as the 24-year-old signed until the end of the 2022-23 season.
Ramos has won nine caps for France since making his debut during this year’s Six Nations, coming off the bench against England for his first appearance.
He went with France to the Rugby World Cup in Japan before an ankle injury ended his campaign, although he was able to play for Toulouse against Castres just days later.
That raised eyebrows about France’s judgement but coach Jacques Brunel said he felt making a change was “the best solution” given the element of uncertainty over how long Ramos would be absent.
On Tuesday, Toulouse said on Twitter: “Early Christmas [present] for the Stade Toulousain family from @ThomRamos15.”
Lacroix, quoted on Toulouse’s website, added: “Thomas is a player of great quality, pugnacious and determined, as well as a man who involves himself in the life of the club.
“We are very proud to be able to count on him in our ranks until 2023.”
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