Chiefs vs Toulon match canned
- 13 Dec 2013
The Chiefs have abandoned the potential encounter against French club Toulon that was due to take place in February.
The fixture, which was being touted as the ‘World Club championship’, was the brain-child of Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal, but the Chiefs, who were initially onboard, have been unable to get the required approval from the national body and will be focusing on the Super Rugby pre-season period instead.
‘The Toulon match was always contingent on us being able to take a full-strength squad; however due to our circumstances, this has changed, so now we will put our focus on our existing pre-season campaign and an important season ahead,' said Chiefs chief executive Andrew Flexman.
'We have not ruled out playing matches offshore in the future,' added Flexman.
The Chiefs will instead meet the Reds at the Toowoomba Sports Ground on 8 February and the Blues at Rotorua International Stadium on 14 February as part of their pre-season campaign.
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