Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal bides his time for a showdown. Photo: Skysports
Mourad Boudjellal is planning to take the IRB to court over payments to players on international duty in a groundbreaking move.
The outspoken Toulon president had already made his feelings clear earlier this season when he complained about having to pay the likes of Bryan Habana, Juán Martín Fernández-Lobbe and Bakkies Botha while they were away at the Rugby Championship.
Ma’a Nonu is linked to a move to Toulon in the French Top 14 competition. Photo: Skysports
According to a report in the French press, All Black centre Ma’a Nonu is on the verge of signing a deal with Toulon for after the World Cup.
The 32-year-old is currently sidelined with a broken arm and is unlikely to play again before next year’s Super Rugby season.
Toulon winger James O’Connor touches down against Montpellier. Photo: Skysports
Toulon laid down a marker as they cruised to a 40-17 bonus-point win over Montpellier to move temporarily to the top of the table.
Up against a weakened Montpellier side, they did not have everything their own way in the first half, leading 17-14 at the break.
But they proved too powerful in the second 40, and ran in 5 tries, with James O’Connor scoring a brace to seal a second straight victory.
Toulon’s Delon Armitage attacks against Brive. Photo: Skysports
Toulon crushed 14-man Brive 53-13 running in eight tries after Peet Marais’ red card in the first half.
Brive had come into the game as the least disciplined side in the Top 14, and they continued that trend when Marais received his marching orders for throwing an elbow to the head of Romain Taofifenua in a ruck after 25 minutes.
Stade’s flyhalf Jules Plisson opts to kick against Toulon. Photo: Skysports
Toulon were stunned at Mayol by Stade Français 28-24, losing on home soil for the first time since January.
The reigning Top 14 and European champions paid the price for poor goal-kicking in the second half, and an underperforming scrum, but it was a fully-deserved result for Stade who showed a lot of ambition in their game.
Michalak kicked six penalties for Toulon. Photo: Skysports
Frederic Michalak kicked six penalties as Toulon laboured to an 18-13 win over Bordeaux-Bègles at Mayol.
After last week’s loss to Racing, Toulon were expecting a reaction, but in the end Bordeaux were well-worth their losing bonus-point, coping admirably despite spending 20 minutes a man down.
Controversy: Racing Métro. Photo: Skysports
Racing Métro will not be fined regarding the numbers on the back of their shirts used against Toulon on Saturday.
The fan mosaic effect on the numbers made identifying each player difficult, with the club also falling foul of their numbers being be “very apparent” (art. 378) and “perfectly legible and identifiable” (art.379).