Prestigious Top 14 side Toulon have declared that they want to play their domestic rugby in England.
According to the BBC, Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal has contacted Premiership bosses ahead of the proposed move that would see the club based in the south of France face new competition.
President Boudjellal has apparently grown frustrated with his club’s own domestic league’s policies regarding the salary cap and bonus payments.
Speaking about the proposed move, the president said told L’Equipe:
If this is not possible the next season, maybe the one after that.
Boudjellal has reiterated his seriousness in his approach to the Aviva Premiership and believes that the introduction of one of Europe’s most successful clubs would add further value to domestic rugby in England.
The three-time European Champions Cup victors have become a dominant force in European rugby and boast one of the most talented squad lists in the northern hemisphere including Quade Cooper, Leigh Halfpenny, Matt Giteau, Bryan Habana and Paul O’Connell.
However, if the move is to go through then both the French Rugby Federation and the Rugby Football Union would both have to sanction the process, whilst the English governing body have claimed that no approach has been made by president Boudjellal.
And a move of this sorts would not be the first as the Pro 12 already accommodates clubs from four separate nations including Italian sides that compete against clubs from Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Super Rugby in the southern hemisphere also contains a wealth of clubs from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.