Eben Etzebeth looks set to be at the centre of a battle between Western Province and French club Toulon after the latter announced last week that the big Bok would move to France after the 2019 World Cup. WP CEO Paul Zacks seemed to have been taken by surprise by the announcement and claimed not to have been informed about the move. Toulon’s maverick owner and president Mourad Boudjellal confirmed on Thursday that a deal had been struck between the club and Etzebeth‚ which was finalised when the Boks were in Paris on their recent northern hemisphere tour. There is likely to be little that WP can do to stop the move as Etzebeth is only contracted until the end of 2019. Zacks’s irritation appears to stem from the fact that correct protocols were not followed. Etzebeth is one of 20 players to have a tripartite contract in which his wages are paid by both SA Rugby and WP. In Etzebeth’s case SA Rugby pays for 60% while WP picks up the remaining 40%. "We are going to be writing a letter t...

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