Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal has cut short his players’ vacation after they suffered a 23-20 home loss to La Rochelle on Saturday.
According to Toulon head coach Mike Ford, Boudjellal has demanded that the club’s players be banned from taking holidays during the the upcoming three-week break for the Six Nations.
Boudjellal is angry after Brock James secured La Rochelle’s victory with the final act of the match at Stade Félix Mayol when he landed a penalty.
Ford revealed that it was agreed that his players would return to the club on February 5, 13 days before their next Top 14 match against Lyon.
“I have spoken to Mourad. We will have a week of rest until February 5,” Ford told AFP.
“But the players have to ask themselves if they were ready for the battle, for the war.”
It’s understood that Toulon’s players were set to return to duty on February 8 but Boudjellal has demanded that they return three days earlier.
“I was almost expecting to lose this game,” he said.
“Holidays are cancelled. I don’t care about airline tickets or anything like that, it’s their problem.”