Reports in France have suggested that Heineken Cup champions Toulon are getting set to face Super 15 winners, the Chiefs in what is being billed as the ‘World Cup of Club Rugby’.
French newspaper Midi Olympique has claimed that the two clubs have decided on a February 2nd date for the fixture, one that will make for fascinating viewing for rugby fans from both hemispheres.
Toulon owner, comic book mogul Mourad Boudjellal expressed his desire to see such a match take place earlier in the summer despite the fact that it would probably not receive official sanction from European Rugby Ltd, organizers of the Heineken Cup.
The February 2nd date coincides with a break in both Top 14 and Heineken Cup commitments for star studded Toulon who have recently added to their already impressive rosters by adding Kiwi lock Ali Williams and Springbok flyer Bryan Habana. The fixture would also work as good preparation for the Chiefs to defend their Super 15 crown which they have held for the past two seasons.
A potential complication with the February 2nd date could be the Six Nations opening weekend clash between France and England which takes place the previous day and could potentially rob Toulon of some of their test players.
Organizers still need the blessing of European Rugby Officials to sanction the match but comments by ERC president Jean Pierre Lux last month indicate that this remains a major stumbling block
‘Under the terms of the European Rugby Cup participation agreement that they signed before the competition, the clubs do not have the right to play such a game as European champions especially against the winners of the Super 15, it is stated in the agreement,”
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