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Peter Bills: Toulon's maverick demands return on big spend

Peter Bills

Published 12/01/2011 | 05:00

England World Cup winner Jonny Wilkinson is one of the big names signed by owner Mourad Boudjellal. Photo: PA
England World Cup winner Jonny Wilkinson is one of the big names signed by owner Mourad Boudjellal. Photo: PA

Mourad Boudjellal has a private business that turns over around €40m a year, private wealth that runs into tens of millions and a collection of sports cars to make 007 drool, including a Ferrari Enzo and Maserati Gran Turismo.

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Alas, what the owner of Toulon may not yet have acquired is patience. When Jonny Wilkinson, his costliest capture in the rugby transfer market, missed a simple 26-metre penalty kick at goal early in Sunday night's French Top 14 match at Racing Metro, Boudjellal sat on the sidelines, rolled his eyes and shook his head in bewilderment.

You could almost read his thoughts: "All that money and the guy can't even kick a goal from there."

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