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For the EPCR, the choice of Aix-en-Provence was not made against Toulon

ByRoborto Sykes

Sep 29, 2020
For a long time, RC Toulon supporters had the hope of playing the Challenge Cup final at home. However, a few minutes after the clear success against Leicester in the semi-final this Saturday, the EPCR caused a little surprise on the side of the harbor when it appointed the Maurice-David Stadium in Aix-en-Provence to host the duel against Bristol on October 16, and not the Stade Mayol in Toulon. Very quickly, RCT supporters did not hesitate to explode their anger against the EPCR. The reason ? The stadium which usually hosts Provence Rugby matches in Pro D2 has a synthetic turf. However, it is a surface on which the Bears players will have their habits since their Ashton Gate Stadium, which will host the Champions Cup final between Exeter and Racing 92 on October 17, has a field with the same characteristics.

“This choice is clearly not a conspiracy” for the EPCR

Faced with this grumbling, the daily Var-Morning contacted the EPCR and a leader of the body intervened to explain why Aix-en-Provence was appointed and not Toulon. “We chose to play this match in Aix for several reasons. On the one hand, the EPCR finals have always been organized on neutral ground … On the other hand, we still wanted to favor the team that had the highest number of points, recalls the head of the body. European. So we looked for an available stadium around Toulon and came across the one in Aix. “Still, in view of the health measures affecting the Aix metropolitan area, this final could be played behind closed doors, which will not necessarily have been the case in Toulon. But, according to the EPCR, this element does not come into play. “Given the rapidity of health developments, we have chosen not to base ourselves on this. We will see in three weeks if this was the right choice. We will adapt, assures the leader. For the time being, we have not yet taken any decision regarding the possible reception of the public. But be sure that this choice is clearly not a plot … “Explanations that will convince the supporters of Toulon.

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