Boudjellal frustrated at Euro seeding

Date published: June 17 2015

Mourad Boudjellal believes Toulon have been hard done by after being placed in the group of death in the Champions Cup.

The three-time defending champions were only in the second tier of seeds after losing in the semi-finals of the Top 14.

As a result they were drawn in Pool 5 along with Leinster, Bath and Wasps, in the toughest pool of the competition.

And while Boudjellal accepts the current system, he feels that the defending champions should also be rewarded with one of the top seeds.

"It's a very difficult pool," Boudjellal told La Provence.

"It was already the case last season, but this year it's even harder. Bath is a team on the rise. We played Leinster in the semi-finals in April and we remember how difficult it was to beat them. And Wasps also have a major project in the English Premiership.

"Next season I think the pool stages will be even more complicated than the knock-out stages.

"We weren't top seeds, and in those circumstances we were guaranteed a tough group. That's the rule but with five top seeds, perhaps it would be good to have the automatic top seeds as the French champions, English champions, PRO12 champions and Champions Cup winners.

"It seems like a good option for me, but the people in charge of the EPCR have chosen this rule, and we respect it."