European Rugby Review

This weekend sees the final pool games in the European Champions Cup.
Exeter travel to the Stade Marcel Michelin, and are in need of the bonus point win if they are to have any chance of moving on to the knock out stage. With a number of changes to the side that beat Ulster 31-19 last weekend, the Chiefs have brought in Jack Maunder at scrum half, alongside Devoto and Short in the three quarters. In the scrum, they have brought in Francis, Atkins, Yeandle and Horstmann. Their opponents, Clermont, have already assured themselves of a place in the quarter finals.

Welsh giants Scarlets travel to Manchester to take on Sale Sharks in a match that sees neither team with a chance of progressing. Sale’s director of Rugby, Steve Diamond, has made a number of changes, with ex Scarlets prop Kieran Longbottom coming into the run-on team, alongside Nott and Ostrikov into the 2nd row and Neild comes in at flanker. His only chance in the backs is to bring AJ McGinty in at fly half. Scarlets have taken the option to rest Welsh internationals Scott Williams, Liam Williams and Ken Owens for the game.

Aviva Premiership Leaders, Saracens, take on Toulon with the knowledge that just a bonus point will see them through to the next stage. Alex Lozowski keeps his fullback shirt after his fine performance in Wales last week. Sean Maitland returns on the wing and Richard Wigglesworth will partner Owen Farrell in the halves. In the pack, Jamie George and Petrus Du Plessis start in the front row with Maro Itoje and Hamilton both named in the 2nd row.

Toloun will welcome back Australian international Matt Giteau into the halves, alongside Sebastien Tillous-Borde. Bastareaud and Nonu are named in the centres, alongside a strong pack with plenty of International experience.
With Leicester’s defeat to Racing 92 last weekend ending any chance of qualification, they have made a number of changes as they welcome Glasgow to Welfrod Road. Jack Roberts joins Peter Bentham in the centres, while Luke Hamilton comes into the pack, with Dom Barrow and Owen Williams both named on the bench. Glasgow, who can still qualify, have named an unchanged starting 15.

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