Saturdays European Rugby Champions Cup Review

Aviva Premiership leaders, The Wasps, welcome French giants Toulouse to Ricoh Arena in this Pool Two game. They welcome back captain Joe Launchbury into the pack, and Jimmy Gopperth and Eliott Daly are named in the centres. Joe Simpson will play his 200th game for The Wasps after being named at scrum half. England International James Haskell is ruled out due to concussion, after lasting less than a minute last week against Leicester. It was Haskell’s first appearance since getting injured whilst on England’s summer tour to Australia.

Northampton will be looking to make it four wins from their last four games, as they entertain Castres at Franklin’s Gardens. As Northampton can’t progress in the competition, Saints coach Jim Mallinder as decided to rest Louis Picamoles, after his epic performance last week, and he is replaced by Jamie Gibson, while Argentinian International Juan Pablo Estaelles replaces Jamie Elliott on the wing. Harry Mallinder also comes in at inside centre, with JJ Hanrahan dropping to the bench. Castes have made some changes to their team, with Damien Tussac coming in at Prop and Victor Moreaux starting in the 2nd row, alongside Alexandre Bais and Yannick Caballero who both start in the back row.

The Tigers travel to Paris to play French Club, Racing 92, at the Stade Yves-Du-Manior, in a must win clash. For Leicester, Matthew Tait returns at full back, with Freddie Burns moving to fly half, and both Kitchener and McCaffery return in the pack. The main news for the French Champions is that former New Zealand All Black and international superstar, Dan Carter, starts at fly half as they will be looking to pick up their first points in Europe this year. Alongside Carter, Brice Dulin comes in at fullback, with Andreu replacing Thomas on the wing, and Casey Laulala partnering Henry Chanvancy in the centres. In the pack, Lacombe starts at hooker alongside Ben Arous at prop, Claasen starts in the backrow with So’otala Fa’aso’o starting at lock.

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