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Toulon end Warburton chase

Toulon have ended their pursuit of Wales and Lions captain Sam Warburton.

Warburton's contract with Cardiff Blues expires at the end of the season and Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal confirmed he had met with the flanker to discuss a move, but that the pair could not agree on wages.

Boudjellal also felt the timing of the move was a hindrance, with Warburton likely to be focused in Wales' 2015 World Cup campaign next season.

"I can tell you that Sam Warburton will not end up in Toulon," Boudjellal told Toulon's website. "I met with the player, but it is not agreed on wage claims. So this is an issue that is long closed, even if (he) is a very good player.

"Sam Warburton is the captain of Wales, so that means we will not have him during international matches.

"I told myself that one year from the World Cup, the priority of Sam Warburton would be the World Cup and not the Top 14."

Warburton still looks likely to join the exodus of top Welsh talent to France and England.

Jamie Roberts and Dan Lydiate, George North all left Wales last summer and Jonathan Davies has clinched a deal with Clermont from next season.

Lock Bradley Davies and fly-half Rhys Priestland are being linked with a move to Wasps in the summer whilst hooker Richard Hibbard is expected to join Gloucester.