Monday 22 January 2018

Peter Bills: Toulon aim to take historic step forward at Munster's expense

Peter Bills

Toulon boast a multi-millionaire owner, a squad richly endowed with glittering overseas stars and a budget for this season of €20.8m. Yet stereotypes are inappropriate in the case of Munster's opponents in the Heineken Cup this Sunday.

The French Top 14 club might appear the epitome of a slick, modern professional club. Yet they retain little elements that remind you strongly of some of old rugby's most charming aspects.

Before every home game, five male singers, long-time Toulonnais supporters from the Var, form in a circle in the centre of the pitch and sing the club's traditional song. It is a nice touch, something far removed from the predictable thumping rock music which unimaginative clubs classify as 'entertainment'.

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