Toulon will host the Classic All Blacks in October in a match to honour the late Jerry Collins.
Collins, who tragically died in early June, played for both teams and Mourad Boudjellal has put together the match to pay tribute to the late All Black. It will take place at Toulon's Stade Felix Mayol on October 7 and Boudjellal is relishing the occasion.
"The club, the town and the whole region are extremely proud and delighted to welcome the Classic All Blacks, such a legendary team, to Stade Mayol," Boudjellal said. "I am sure the All Black Haka on this day will remember Jerry Collins with great emotion and so will we. Fans from around the world will witness two heavyweight rugby institutions competing against one another in the heart of Toulon."
The original list of players available for the match sees a good number of the 2007 crop reunited. The provisional list is: Carl Hayman, Ali Williams, Chris Masoe, Rudi Wolfe, John Afoa, Corey Flynn, Andrew Hore, Brad Thorne, Adam Thompson, Daniel Braid, Joe Rococoko, Sitiveni Sivivatu, Anthony Tuitavake, Sam Tuitoupou, Nemia Tialata, Simone Taumoepeau, Nick Evans, Tom Donnolly, Jason Eaton, Mike Delaney, Luke McAlistair, Richard Kahui and Mils Muliaina among others.
"The Classic All Blacks will include many great All Black names currently playing overseas," Andy Haden, president of the Classic All Blacks, said. They are players who are no longer contracted to New Zealand rugby and the Toulon team will feature many of the players who were part of the only team to have won the European Cup three times.
"When New Zealand plays France the matches are always exciting. There is always passion and flair and I'm sure this game will be no different. We want to remember Jerry Collins well on this historic day."