Planet Rugby

Toulon to boycott Euro breakaway

18th October 2013 10:29

Share:

Mourad Boudjellal celebrates Toulon s Heineken Cup semi final win

Fan of foreign players: Mourad Boudjellal

Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal says his club will not compete in the Rugby Champions Cup in protest to the LNR's proposed new laws on foreign players.

The Ligue National de Rugby and Premiership Rugby have announced plans for a breakaway European tournament involving French and English clubs but Boudjellal insists that the current Heineken Cup champions will continue to play in the ERC-organised competition.

The LNR has unveiled plans to further limit the number of foreign players eligible to play for Top 14 clubs and will give financial incentives to clubs that maintain a squad of more than 55 percent of players that graduate from French rugby academies by 2017.

The plans clearly do not suit Toulon's import-heavy squad and Boudjellal, in typical fashion, is using attack as the best means of defence.

"In the face of these despicable practices, which are racist and conservative, the club will take part in the H Cup next season since the ERC does not have quotas on foreign players, contrary to the LNR's ruling," Boudjellal told La Provence newspaper.

If Toulon to not adhere to the LNR's quotas, they face the possibility of reduced TV rights and marketing money from the national league.

  • Heineken Cup Fixtures
Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Heineken Cup
Saturday , April 26
Saracens vs Clermont Auvergne15:40
Sunday , April 27
Toulon vs Munster15:30
More Heineken Cup fixtures
  • Heineken Cup Results
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Heineken Cup
Sunday , April 6
Toulon 29 - 14 LeinsterToulon vs Leinster Report
Saturday , April 5
Munster 47 - 23 ToulouseMunster vs Toulouse Report
Clermont Auvergne 22 - 16 LeicesterClermont Auvergne vs Leicester Report
Ulster 15 - 17 SaracensUlster vs Saracens Report
More Heineken Cup results
  • Heineken Cup Table
Pool 1
Heineken Cup Table
PosTeamPPts
1Leinster622
2Northampton617
3Castres69
4Ospreys65
Pool 2
Heineken Cup Table
PosTeamPPts
1Toulon624
2Cardiff Blues614
3Exeter612
4Glasgow Warriors611
Pool 3
Heineken Cup Table
PosTeamPPts
1Toulouse623
2Saracens620
3Connacht613
4Zebre60
Pool 4
Heineken Cup Table
PosTeamPPts
1Clermont Auvergne624
2Harlequins616
3Scarlets611
4Racing Metro Paris67
Pool 5
Heineken Cup Table
PosTeamPPts
1Ulster626
2Leicester Tigers621
3Montpellier611
4Treviso60
Pool 6
Heineken Cup Table
PosTeamPPts
1Munster623
2Gloucester614
3Edinburgh612
4Perpignan67