The Chiefs have flagged the idea of meeting French powerhouse
Toulon in a pre-season game next year.
The defending Super Rugby champions had been working on a
match against Toulon, and both parties put extensive work
into playing the match but were unable to get the required
approvals from their national bodies.
Other factors contributed to the decision not to proceed with
the match such as injury, unavailability of players and
Chiefs chief executive Andrew Flexman said: "The Toulon match
was always contingent on us being able to take a full
strength squad, however due to our circumstances, this has
changed, so now we will put our focus on our existing
pre-season campaign and an important season ahead. We have
not ruled out playing matches offshore in the future."
The Chiefs will instead meet the Reds at the Toowoomba Sports
Ground on February 8 and the Blues at Rotorua International
Stadium on February 14 as part of their pre-season campaign.