Toulouse target young Lions centre

French giants Toulouse have asked the Lions for permission to speak to Wandisile Simelane.

However, Lions CEO Rudolf Straeuli told City Press newspaper that the 22-year-old centre would be staying in South Africa.

'Wandi has a two-year contract. He's not going anywhere. I got an email [from Toulouse], but he's in our and the Boks' long-term plans.'

Earlier this year, the Lions fought off interest from the Sharks and Stormers to re-sign Simelane. He has been identified as a player of national interest by SA Rugby, which pays part of his salary.