World Club Championship in February?

Date published: November 21 2014

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European champions Toulon and Super Rugby winners the Waratahs are edging closer to a showdown according to reports in Australia.

European champions Toulon and Super Rugby winners the Waratahs are edging closer to a showdown according to reports in Australia.

Mourad Boudjellal, the Toulon president, has been keen on the idea for a while, but was unable to make it work last season against then-champions the Chiefs.

However the Daily Telegraph is reporting that this season it could well happen, with a game in Toulon being mooted on either February 5 or 6.

That would be just prior to the Waratahs’ Super Rugby campaign, while coinciding with the start of the Six Nations when Toulon will have the weekend off.

It would be the final warm-up game for the Waratahs and skipper Dave Dennis explained that it would only take place provided it didn’t hamper their preparations.

“It still can happen, it’s a possibility, at this stage if it was to happen it would be our last trial,” Dennis told the Daily Telegraph.

“It would have to be a Thursday or Friday game over there so we have time to travel back and start our normal week for the Force.

“We’ve got a Sunday game so we’re going to have to get back by the previous Saturday or Sunday to start a normal Monday week.

“Obviously there is a bit of a gamble there. It is a great opportunity for us as a club, but you want to be in the best position to win the first round.

“We’ve got to get that balance, so that’s where it was all left when I last spoke to Cheik (coach Michael Cheika).

“From the players’ point of view they’d want to go, and from a rugby perspective fan point of view it would be good.

“Hopefully it can still come to fruition.”

The clash could throw up some intriguing match-ups, including the likes of ex-Wallabies Matt Giteau and Drew Mitchell going up against their former teammates.

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