Toulon v Toulouse - Top 14 match preview
Last Updated: 24/05/13 6:33am
Heineken Cup champions Toulon will look to close in on the double when they tackle Toulouse in the Top 14 semi-final at Stade de la Beaujoire in Nantes on Friday.
In a rematch of last year's final, both teams have taken special measures in their preparations - with Toulon staying in Dublin while defending champions Toulouse have been training behind closed doors in Nantes since Monday.
Toulouse boss Guy Noves has opted to name the same team that impressively beat Racing Metro in the play-offs
That means veteran centre Yannick Jauzion remains in the starting XV, with Yann David the only three-quarter on a forwards dominated bench.
"We'll have to be physically ready to deal with the kitchen sink Toulon are going to throw at us," said Toulouse winger Yoann Huget.
Toulon have made two changes to their squad following the success over Clermont.
Frederic Michalak is preferred to the benched Sebastien Tillous-Borde at scrum-half, while Rocky Elsom replaces Joe van Niekerk among the replacements.
Mathieu Bastareaud said: "We're professionals. We've gone halfway, we know we can still achieve something historic. We have the means to do it. But Toulouse will be awaiting us with teeth bared."
Toulon: 15 Delon Armitage, 14 Rudi Wulf, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud, 12 Matt Giteau, 11 Alexis Palisson, 10 Jonny Wilkinson (c), 9 Frederic Michalak, 8 Chris Masoe, 7 Juan Fernandez Lobbe, 6 Danie Rossouw, 5 Nick Kennedy, 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 Carl Hayman, 2 Sebastien Bruno, 1 Andrew Sheridan.
Replacements: 16 Jean-Charles Orioli, 17 Gethin Jenkins, 18 Davit Kubriashvili, 19 Rocky Elsom, 20 Steffon Armitage, 21 Maxime Mermoz, 22 Sébastien Tillous-Borde , 23 Jocelino Suta.
Toulouse:15 Clement Poitrenaud, 14 Yoann Huget, 13 Yannick Jauzion, 12 Gael Fickou, 11 Maxime Medard, 10 Luke McAlister, 9 Jean Marc Doussain, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Thierry Dusautoir, 6 Jean Bouilhou, 5 Patricio Albacete, 4 Yoann Maestri, 3 Census Johnston, 2 William Servat, 1 Vasil Kakovin.
Replacements: 16 Jaba Bregvadze, 17 Gurthro Steenkamp, 18 Romain Millo Chlusky, 19 Yannick Nyanga, 20 Luke Burgess, 21 Lionel Beauxis, 22 Yann David, 23 Jean Batiste Poux.
Sat 23rd May
Bayonne45 - 12La Rochelle
Brive27 - 0Stade Francais
Lyon29 - 24Grenoble
Montpellier17 - 29Clermont Auvergne
Racing Metro Paris53 - 10Castres
Toulon46 - 17Oyonnax
Toulouse23 - 22Bordeaux-Begles
Fri 29th May - Quarter Finals
Stade Francais0 - 0Racing Metro Paris
Sat 30th May - Quarter Finals
Toulouse0 - 0Oyonnax