Chiefs-Toulon contest a no-go

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It had been hoped that Toulon boss Mourad Boudjellal's dream of a match between his European championship side and the two-times Super Rugby champions, the Chiefs would take place on February 2.

Boudjellal even put up an offer to meet all the expenses involved for the Chiefs, but a requirement for the deal was that the Chiefs had to be at full strength.

That proved the hurdle for the Chiefs' management as they couldn't guarantee the top team requirement because of several players being unable to take part.

The concept also lacked the approval from the respective national bodies in their countries.

Chiefs chief executive Andrew Flexman said the inability to guarantee top players meant the franchise was shifting its focus to its normal pre-season campaign.

That will involve games against the Reds in Toowoomba in Queensland on February 8 and the Blues in Rotorua on February 14.

However, the idea of playing matches beyond the confines of the Super competition had not been discarded.