Heineken Cup match preview: Toulon v Leicester
Last Updated: 07/04/13 4:40pm
Toulon make two changes ahead of their Heineken Cup quarter-final clash with Leicester at the Stade Felix Mayol on Sunday.
Rudi Wulf returns to the Toulon starting line-up at the expense of David Smith who featured in the side's 43-11 victory against Stade Francais last weekend.
Former France international hooker Sebastien Bruno starts against Leicester in place of Jean-Charles Oriolo who is left out of the match-day squad.
Jonny Wilkinson will lead an all-international Toulon starting XV out as the leading points scorer in the Top 14 while Delon Armitage starts as one of only to men to exceed 500 metres gained in the Heineken Cup this season.
Gethin Jenkins, Maxime Mermoz and Joe van Niekerk will all start from the bench with Bernard Laporte spoilt for choice as he seeks a France and European double.
Meanwhile Richard Cockerill retains the same starting XV for a third successive week with his side winning on their last three outings.
Toby Flood will captain the side as they grace the Stade Felix Mayol for the first time having led the side to victory against Northampton and Exeter in the last fortnight.
Flood will be partnered with his compatriot Ben Youngs in the half-backs while fellow England interntaionals Matthew Tait, Manu Tuilagi, Tom Croft, Geoff Parling, Dan Cole and Tom Youngs all start.
The Tigers have won six of their last 10 quarter-finals while the hosts have met English opposition four times this year and maintain an unbeaten record so far.
Toulon enter the clash as reigning Challenge Cup champions while Leicester have won four of their last six fixtures leaving them second in the Aviva Premiership.
Toulon: 15 Delon Armitage, 14 Rudi Wulf, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud, 12 Matt Giteau, 11 Alexis Palisson, 10 Jonny Wilkinson (capt), 9 Sébastien Tillous-Borde, 8 Chris Masoe, 7 Steffon Armitage, 6 Juan Fernandez Lobbe, 5 Nick Kennedy, 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 Carl Hayman, 2 Sebastien Bruno, 1 Andrew Sheridan.
Replacements: 16 Mickael Ivaldi, 17 Gethin Jenkins, 18 Levan Chilachava, 19 Jocelino Suta, 20 Vincent Martin, 21 Maxime Mermoz, 22 Nicolas Durand, 23 Joe van Niekerk,
Leicester Tigers: 15 Mathew Tait, 14 Niall Morris, 13 Manu Tuilagi, 12 Anthony Allen, 11 Adam Thompstone, 10 Toby Flood (capt), 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Jordan Crane, 7 Julian Salvi, 6 Tom Croft, 5 Geoff Parling, 4 Ed Slater, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Tom Youngs, 1 Marcos Ayerza.
Replacements: 16 Rob Hawkins, 17 Logovi'i Mulipola, 18 Martin Castrogiovanni, 19 Graham Kitchener, 20 Thomas Waldrom, 21 Sam Harrison, 22 George Ford, 23 Matt Smith.
What they said...
Leicester Tigers coach Richard Cockerill
"We know we have to be very accurate in what we do and work hard for each other. Toulon have a very good record at home and we will treat them with respect, but we want to give it our best shot and enjoy the occasion too."
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