Thursday 27 July 2017

'Players' vacations are cancelled' - Toulon owner goes on the warpath after shock home defeat

RC Toulon's French president Mourad Boudjellal looks on during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between RC Toulon and Sale Sharks on January 15, 2017 at the Mayol Stadium in Toulon, Southern France. / AFP / Franck PENNANT (Photo credit should read FRANCK PENNANT/AFP/Getty Images)
RC Toulon's French president Mourad Boudjellal looks on during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between RC Toulon and Sale Sharks on January 15, 2017 at the Mayol Stadium in Toulon, Southern France. / AFP / Franck PENNANT (Photo credit should read FRANCK PENNANT/AFP/Getty Images)

Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal tempestuousness was on full display this afternoon as he reacted to his side's surprise home loss to La Rochelle by cancelling the players' upcoming holidays.

With two weekends of Six Nations action imminent, Toulon players were due to be allowed take a short break ahead of their next league game on February 18th against Lyon.

Instead, it looks like the south of France Galacticos have been sentenced to two weeks hard labour by Boudjellal in response to today's 23-20 defeat at the Stade Felix Mayol.

"My only concern is that people do not give up," Boudjellal said in his post-match press conference in quotes reported by ESPN.

"We will do everything to be in the top six. I apologize to the supporters. I was almost certain to lose that game. All week, I prepared myself.

"Players' vacations are cancelled. We are going to work. I do not care about airline tickets or anything else, that's their problem. When you play in the Toulon team, it is an advantage that implies results. When we see the level we are at, we need to work, we don't need to take a holiday."

Toulon's high standards have slipped this season, with the three-time European champions barely escaping out of their Champions Cup pool while struggling to keep pace with the sides at the top of the table in the Top 14.

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