Outspoken Toulon President Mourad Boudjellal is hoping to take the IRB to court over an increasingly controversial issue in the international game.

Boudjellal is hoping to take the IRB to court over the issue of paying players whilst on international duty. This news comes just a month after he demanded a number of key players return to France whilst on international duty in the Rugby Championship.


The 54-year old claims to have the support of Aviva Premiership clubs in England as he prepares to take the IRB to court.

“We’re in the process of speaking to our lawyers in Paris to see if we go to [a] commercial or administrative court,” Boudjellal told French news website Var Matin.

“The IRB rules have no provisions for unions to pay the clubs for their internationals. Yet the IRB is made up of the unions.

“Today, therefore it’s the union who decide that it’s up to the clubs to pay for the internationals.

“They decide the rules while the clubs have no say in the decisions on the rules.


“It’s as if tomorrow a trade union for employers decided to change the working condition of employees, without consulting the employees. It’s not possible.”

The issue will come to a head again next month when the French Top 14 continues during some of the November internationals.