Toulon has responded to “numerous comments” about Julian Savea’s car accident by stating that the wing was not drink driving when he flipped his vehicle.

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Savea’s wife, Fatima, revealed on Instagram that the former New Zealand wing crashed after falling asleep behind the wheel following Toulon’s Top 14 victory over Perpignan on Saturday.

She said the 28-year-old was lucky to be “safe and sound”, adding that the ex-Hurricanes flyer is renowned for falling asleep “anywhere at any minute”.

Toulon stated on Monday that speculation Savea may have been under the influence of alcohol was unfounded.

“Following the numerous comments on the accident @juliansavea7, Rugby Club Toulonnais wishes to clarify that the blood alcohol test was negative,” the three-time European champions tweeted.

“The club has never doubted the integrity of its player and is happy to know he’s unscathed.”

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