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Ali Williams to extend his stay in Toulon

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Sportal.co.nz     12 Dec 2013     Getty Images

Williams told Midi Olympique he had almost reached an agreement with the club which has a share of second place in France's Top 14 competition.

"I love it here. This is completely different from what I knew in New Zealand. I never left my country. The people here are magical. I feel that there is a real connection and I want to stay," he said.

Williams said he had to adjust to a new system and a new way of thinking when he joined Toulon and he had taken time to make the adjustment.

The side faces an important return match at home against Exeter at the weekend and he felt there were signs in that game that Toulon was on the up. Toulon won the first game 14-9. Toulon lead their pool in the Heineken Cup with 10 points, one ahead of Cardiff and three ahead of the Chiefs.

However, they will have to make do without wing Bryan Habana who suffered a thigh injury in the game and who won't play again until at least February. Fellow Springbok, Bakkies Botha is also in doubt for the game with 12 stitches in a facial wound.

Williams said the Toulon side was growing in performance.

"We had a very good defence and that is a very good sign. It shows we are growing together.

"However, this weekend we will have to be even more effective. But we are enjoying what we are doing and are understanding our roles better and better.

"In rugby it's really a long process, week by week and we must constantly challenge ourselves. We are trying to work out the details and when it succeeds, the public will see a big difference," Williams said.