Stade Félix Mayol announced as venue for Leinster v Toulon
There may be less tickets available for travelling Irish fans in the smaller venue
Leinster will travel to the Stade Felix Mayol in December to play Toulon. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho
Toulon were previously unable to reveal where they would host the tie, without the say so of their owner Mourad Boudjellal, leaving a gap in the fixtures released last week.
Toulon’s home ground Stade Mayol, where the three-time champions are all but unbeatable, only holds 15,400 meaning a move to Nice or Marseilles had looked likely.
Last season 35,116 watched Toulon beat Leinster at the Stade Velodrome in the Champions Cup semi-final. The Marseilles ground can hold 67,394 and is 65 kilometres from Toulon. The Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice, has a capacity of 36,624, but is 150 kilometres from Toulon.
The EPCR have accommodated this fixture with a Sunday date, and 4.15pm kick-off, to avoid a clash with the French soccer clubs who usually reside at these stadiums.
The return fixture six days later (Saturday December 19th) is in the Aviva Stadium, where O’Connell will be sure to receive a warm reception upon his return to Irish soil.