Beefed up Toulon pack to face Leinster

Beefed up Toulon pack to face Leinster

Toulon have beefed up their pack for their clash with Leinster on Friday with scrumhalf Baptiste Serin returning from test duty and flyer Gabin Villière back from injury.

Loosehead prop Jean Baptiste Gros returns from the French squad and is joined in the front row by Christopher Tolofua and Beka Gigashvili.


Eben Etzebeth returns to his preferred position in the second row having featured at blindside in the TOP14 last weekend. Romain Taofifenua joins him in the second row with Les Bleus captain Charles Ollivon forming a powerful back row with Swan Rebbadj and Sergio Parisse.

Louis Carbonel misses the encounter through injury therefore Toulon captain Baptiste Serin partners Duncan Paia'aua in the halfback. With Ma'a Nonu ruled out of the game through suspension Julien Heriteau and  Rudi Wulf link up in the midfield.

Returning from injury, Villiere is joined in the back three by Gervais Cordin and Masivesi Dakuwaqa.


LEINSTER RUGBY
  • 15. Hugo Keenan, 
  • 14. Jordan Larmour, 
  • 13. Rory O'Loughlin, 
  • 12. Robbie Henshaw, 
  • 11. James Lowe, 
  • 10. Johnny Sexton (c), 
  • 9. Luke McGrath, 
  • 1. Cian Healy, 
  • 2. Ronan Kelleher, 
  • 3. Tadhg Furlong, 
  • 4. Devin Toner, 
  • 5. Ryan Baird, 
  • 6. Rhys Ruddock, 
  • 7. Josh van der Flier, 
  • 8. Jack Conan.
Replacements:
  • 16. James Tracy, 
  • 17. Ed Byrne, 
  • 18. Andrew Porter, 
  • 19. Ross Molony, 
  • 20. Scott Fardy, 
  • 21. Hugh O'Sullivan, 
  • 22. Ross Byrne, 
  • 23. Dave Kearney,
RC TOULON
  • 15. Gervais Cordin, 
  • 14. Masivesi Dakuwaqa, 
  • 13. Rudi Wulf, 
  • 12. Julien Heriteau, 
  • 11. Gabin Villière, 
  • 10. Duncan Paia'aua, 
  • 9. Baptiste Serin (c), 
  • 1. Jean Baptiste Gros, 
  • 2. Christopher Tolofua, 
  • 3. Beka Gigashvili, 
  • 4. Eben Etzebeth, 
  • 5. Romain Taofifenua, 
  • 6. Swan Rebbadj, 
  • 7. Charles Ollivon, 
  • 8. Sergio Parisse.
Replacements:
  • 16. Bastien Soury, 
  • 17. Sébastien Taofifenua, 
  • 18. Emerick Setiano, 
  • 19. Raphael Lakafia, 
  • 20. Julien Ory, 
  • 21. Frederick du Plessis, 
  • 22. Anthony Meric, 
  • 23. Simon Moretti,

Referee: Matthew Carley (England)

AR1: Chris Busby (Ireland)


AR2: Sean Gallagher (Ireland)

TMO: Tom Foley (England)

Broadcasters: BT Sport / beIN SPORTS

 
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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