TOULOUSE WILL FIELD a different-looking backline to the one which overcame Racing in the quarter-finals when they line out against Leinster in Sunday’s Heineken Champions Cup last-four clash (3:15pm, Virgin Media and BT Sport).

The versatile Antoine Dupont, who started at scrum-half in Paris in the last round but line out at 10 against Clermont at the weekend, will remain at out-half for the Frenchmen’s visit to Dublin.

Thomas Ramos starts at fullback with South African flier Cheslin Kolbe, who occupied the 15 shirt against Racing, moving out wide. Yoann Huget starts on the opposite wing with fellow veteran Maxime Médard dropping to the bench.

Former Connacht centre Pita Akhi comes in at 12 in place of young gun Romain Ntamack, and he’ll be partnered at 13 by Sofiane Guitoune, the only back to remain in the same starting position as during that sensational 14-man win over the Parisians.

Clément Castets comes in for Cyril Baille at prop while Joe Tekori replaces Francois Cros at seven. As he did at La Défense Arena, Jerome Kaino captains the side from eight.


15. Thomas Ramos
14. Yoann Huget
13. Sofiane Guitoune
12. Pita Ahki
11. Cheslin Kolbe
10. Antoine Dupont
9. Sébastien Bézy

1. Clément Castets
2. Peato Mauvaka
3. Charlie Faumuina
4. Richie Arnold
5. Richie Gray
6. Rynhardt Elstadt
7. Joe Tekori
8. Jerome Kaino (Captain)


16. Guillaume Marchand
17. Cyril Baille
18. Maks Van Dyk
19. Selevasio Tolofua
20. Piula Faasalele
21. Francois Cros
22. Romain Ntamack
23. Maxime Médard

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