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'I think rugby can thrive in the country': Boudjellal has offered Algeria a game against Toulon

The president of the European champions hopes his parents’ home nation may one day provide players to his club.

Big names: Ma'a Nonu and Paul O'Connell were among the stars added to Toulon's ranks in 2015.
Big names: Ma'a Nonu and Paul O'Connell were among the stars added to Toulon's ranks in 2015.
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TOULON PRESIDENT MOURAD Boudjellal has contacted the Algerian rugby union to offer the African nation a match against the three-time European Champions.

The comic book millionaire, whose parents parents moved from Algeria to France after World War II, believes the game of rugby could really take hold in the country across the Mediterranean from France.

“The date is not yet fixed,” Boudjellal responded to Le10Sport.com after query about the proposed fixture.

“I contacted the president of the Algerian Federation a year ago through an official letter. I wrote that if Toulon could give a hand to Algerian rugby, we would be happy to do so.”

He added: Beyond my Algerian origins. I think that rugby can thrive in the country. One can train good rugby players and, who knows, Toulon could benefit later.” 

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