Lions 2013: Toulon setback for Wales' Gethin Jenkins
Toulon will block Gethin Jenkins from facing Australia for Wales in December after a similarly tough stance on his availability to start the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia.
Toulon say Wales' Wallabies clash in Cardiff on 1 December falls outside the designated Test 'window'.
Other France-based Welshmen could suffer the same fate.
"Toulon play Grenoble on the same day in the Top 14," Toulon boss Bernard Laporte told newspaper L'Equippe.
"We said again that we would not release him to leave with the Lions on 27 May if we are in the final.
"He understood. I think he already knew when he came to the meeting.
"We did not talk so much about the Lions. It was more about Gethin's availability for the November and the Six Nations.
"On 1 December, the Welsh play a Test against Australia outside of the [International Rugby Board] window and we told them that the position of principle was the same as for the Lions tour: 'No'."
Lions in Australia 2013
- Sat 1 June - Barbarians, Hong Kong
- Wed 5 June - Western Force, Perth
- Sat 8 June - Queensland Reds, Brisbane
- Tue 11 June - Combined New South Wales-Queensland Country, Newcastle
- Sat 15 June - New South Wales Waratahs, Sydney
- Tue 18 June - ACT Brumbies, Canberra
- Sat 22 June - First Test, Brisbane
- Tue 25 June - Melbourne Rebels, Melbourne
- Sat 29 June - Second Test, Melbourne
- Sat 6 July - Third Test, Sydney
He also faces the prospect of being without Mike Phillips (Bayonne), Lee Byrne (Clermont Auvergne), James Hook (Perpignan), Huw Bennett (Lyon) and Aled Brew (Biarritz) for Wales' meeting with Australia.
However, lock Luke Charteris has ensured his Wales availability, but has yet to confirm a similar arrangement should the Lions want him.
The Lions kick off their tour on 1 June against the Barbarians in Hong Kong.
But if Toulon reach the Top 14 final, also on 1 June, Jenkins will be expected to play for them.
Laporte added: "If he plays in the final, he will leave the day after, on Sunday, 2 June, but not before.
"We won't pay a player who has to go and play for the Lions at the most important time of our season.
"There is no specific clause in his contract about it."
Lions coach Warren Gatland has travelled to France to talk to squad contenders and their clubs about the issue of release.
Laporte's stance underlines the potential problems for any Lions hopefuls playing in France.
Jenkins, 31, who joined Toulon from Cardiff Blues ahead of the 2012-13 season, has already made two Lions tours.
He was in the party whitewashed 3-0 by New Zealand in 2005, then helped the Lions regain global respect in a 2-1 defeat by South Africa in 2009.
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