Toulon get Liam Gill early after loss of Matt Giteau, Drew Mitchell

Liam Gill (C) can take up his two-year deal with Toulon immediately. Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images

He may be cursing the looming Test season, but Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal received some good news on Saturday after star recruit Liam Gill was granted an early release by the Australian Rugby Union.

The Queensland Reds and Wallabies flanker will be able to link with the French giants immediately while teammate Greg Holmes can also head north to join Exeter Chiefs.

It means Boudjellal can use Gill from the outset of Toulon's European season, unlike regular starters Matt Giteau and Drew Mitchell who are both training with the Wallabies ahead of the Rugby Championship.

It was not a decision the ARU took likely with contracted players usually prohibited from departing until the end of the year, or in the case of those with seven years' Test service, after the third Bledisloe Cup Test which this year isn't until October 22.

"It is disappointing to be put in a position to make a decision when players have signed two contracts within the same term by their agents," ARU General Manager of High Performance Ben Whitaker said.

"Therefore we really have no other choice but to release the players, as they have been put in a difficult situation where they have been mislead and misrepresented.

"If a contract runs until 31 December and any agent gets a player to sign a contract which commences on 1 August, he is forcing his client to breach his standard player contract.

"There's a responsibility that agents represent the best interest of their clients, however any breach of Player Agent Regulations is putting players at risks of fines and sanctions, which is of great concern for the game.

"This decision has not been made lightly, however in this instance we've put the best interest of the players first."

The move comes after Toulon dug its heels in over Giteau's release for the Rugby Championship.

The veteran playmaker was the last player to link up with Michael Cheika's squad, who open the tournament with a Bledisloe Cup showdown against the All Blacks in Sydney next week.

World Rugby Regulation 9 should have freed Giteau up immediately, but Toulon did their best to delay the process after they were left in the lurch last year following the ARU's change in contract policy on foreign eligibility.