Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal has admitted he may have been 'too harsh' in his criticism of former All Blacks winger Julian Savea.
Boudjellal slammed Savea in February following Toulon's 19-10 Top 14 defeat to Agen saying "I'm going to ask for a DNA test. They must have swapped him on the plane [when he joined from the Hurricanes last year]. If I were him I would apologise and go back to my home country,"
"I've told him that he was free to go and wasn't welcome at Toulon any more," he added.
Boudjellal back-tracked on his criticism in an interview with French publication Midi Olympique.
"At one point, it was him or me! Quit paying someone as much … especially at that rate. I may have been too harsh with him, but I am someone excessive and whole. I never shower with lukewarm water," Boudjellal told the paper.
Savea has scored three tries in 22 appearances for Toulon, in a season where the club has struggled as they currently sit 10th in the Top 14 standings and have effectively missed out on a place in the Top 14 playoffs and the Champions Cup next season.