Toulon look set to face two of Super Rugby’s finest in an epic double showdown which will finally settle the debate on Super Rugby versus the Heineken Cup.
Toulong president Mourad Boudjellal laid down the gauntlet after being challenged by Sharks CEO John Smith earlier this week. This comes after plans for Heineken Cup winners Toulon and Super Rugby champions the Warratahs to face were announced.
“I saw what they said about RCT and I find it a little inappropriate,” said Boudjellal
“I’ve seen Jaws 1, 2 and 3 and sharks don’t scare me. If they want play against champions, it’s wherever and whenever they want.
“If they think it’s easy to win the double, then why don’t they send their team and we’ll see. Bernard (Laporte) told me it’s not problem if they want to come and deal the final blow, we’re ready to welcome them.”
Boudjellal also admitted that he is looking to target some of this weekends Top 14 oppositions players ahead of Toulon’s clash with Clermont.
“We’ve been enemies for years, but we have a lot of respect for them,” he added.
“The games are always tight against them, often with turning points late on. We will go with a lot of desire, even if we’re weakened. I don’t know what state they will be in. In any case, it’s been the derby of the last few years.
“A couple of years ago it was the European Cup final, there was a semi-final, it’s become a Clasico between les Rouge et Noir and les Jaune et Bleu. In fact there might be a Jaune et Bleu who comes off the pitch in Rouge et Noir, or vice versa. Who knows.”