Cham­pi­ons Cup, round two: Your team-by-team guide

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TO­DAY

GLAS­GOW WARRIORS v LE­IN­STER, Scot­stoun, 1pm (J Garces, France): GLAS­GOW WARRIORS: S Hogg; T Sey­mour, S John­son, P Horne, L Sarto; F Rus­sell, A Price; J Bhatti, G Turner, Z Fager­son, T Swin­son, J Gray, R Wil­son (c), C Gib­bins, A Ashe.

Re­place­ments: P Macarthur, A Al­lan, D Rae, S Cum­mings, R Har­ley, H Pyr­gos, N Grigg, L Jones.

LE­IN­STER: J Car­bery; F Mcfad­den, R Hen­shaw, N Reid, B Daly; J Sex­ton (c), L Mcgrath; C Healy, S Cronin, T Fur­long, D Toner, S Fardy, R Rud­dock, J van der Flier, J Co­nan.

Re­place­ments: J Tracy, J Mcgrath, M Bent, J Ryan, D Leavy, J Gib­son-park, R Byrne, D Kear­ney.

CLER­MONT AU­VERGNE v NORTHAMP­TON SAINTS, Stade Mar­cel-miche­lin, 3.15pm (B White­house, (Wales)

Piers Fran­cis will make his first start at fly-half for Northamp­ton in Saints’ Cham­pi­ons Cup visit to Cler­mont.

The 27-year-old, who has played twice at cen­tre since ar­riv­ing from the Blues in the sum­mer, re­places Stephen Myler.

Tom Collins, who has scored two tries in six starts this sea­son, comes in for Ge­orge North (knee) on the wing. Else­where, Harry Mallinder re­places Ah­see Tuala at full-back and Tom Wood makes his re­turn at flanker at the ex­pense of Jamie Gib­son. In to­tal, di­rec­tor of rugby Jim Mallinder makes eight per­son­nel changes from the side that lost 57-13 to Sara­cens in their open­ing match in Europe’s elite com­pe­ti­tion.

CLER­MONT AU­VERGNE:

I Toeava; D Stret­tle, D Pe­naud, R Lam­erat, A Raka; C Lopez, M Parra (c); R Chaume, B Kayser, R Sli­mani, F Van Der Merwe, S Ti­mani, J Can­coriet, A La­pandry, F Lee Re­place­ments: J Ulu­gia, E Fal­goux, A Jarvis, P Je­drasiak, C Geron­deau, C Cas­sang, P Betham, N Aben­danon.

NORTHAMP­TON SAINTS:

H Mallinder; B Fo­den, N Tuitavake, L Burrell, T Collins; P Fran­cis, N Groom; A Waller, D Hart­ley (c), J Ford-robin­son, A Ratu­ni­yarawa, C Day, C Lawes, T Wood, T Har­ri­son. Re­place­ments: M Hay­wood, F van Wyk, K Brookes, M Pater­son, J Gib­son, C Reinach, T Stephen­son, Ken Pisi

BENET­TON v TOULON, Sta­dio Co­mu­nale di Monigo, 3.15pm (M Car­ley, Eng­land)

Benet­ton name Jay­den Hay­ward at full-back as Luca Speran­dio moves to left wing in place of Tom­maso Ben­venuti, while Edoardo Gori comes in at scrum-half. Braam Steyn and Nasi Manu come into the back-row, while Dean Budd re­places Marco Fuser at lock. Mean­while, Toulon have named Chris Ash­ton in the un­fa­mil­iar po­si­tion of full-back, while Semi Radradra is on the wing for the trip to Italy. An­thony Meric and Fran­cois Trinh-duc form the half-back pair­ing, while Rudy Ga­hetau re­places Raphael Lakafia in the back row. BENET­TON: J Hay­ward; A Es­pos­ito, N Brex, A Sgarbi, L Speran­dio; I Mckin­ley, E Gori; F Zani, L Bigi, S Ferrari, M Laz­za­roni, D Budd (c), N Manu, B Steyn, R Bar­bieri.

Re­place­ments: T Bar­avalle, C Traore, T Pasquali, M Fuser, S Ne­gri Da Oleg­gio, T Te­baldi, F Minto, T Ben­venuti

TOULON: C Ash­ton; J Tuisova, M Bastareaud (c), M Nonu, S Radradra; F Trinh-duc, A Meric; F Fre­sia, G Guirado, M Van Der Merwe, S Reb­badj, J Kruger, J Fer­nan­dez Lobbe, R Ga­hetau, F Isa.

Re­place­ments: A Etril­lard, X Chiocci, L Chi­lachava, M Gor­godze, A Bel­leau, H Bon­neval, V Clerc, J Suta

LE­ICES­TER TIGERS v CAS­TRES, Welford Road, 5.30pm (G Clancy, Ire­land) Flanker Valentino Mapapalangi steps in for the sus­pended Mike Wil­liams in one of two changes for Le­ices­ter in their Cham­pi­ons Cup meet­ing with Cas­tres. Wil­liams has been banned for one week for charg­ing into Henry Cha­vancy in his side’s de­feat by Rac­ing 92 on Satur­day. Gareth Owen re­places Matt Smith at out­side cen­tre in an oth­er­wise un­changed back line. Cas­tres, who drew 17-17 against Mun­ster on the open­ing week­end, have Rory Kock­ott at scrum-half. The French side have not qual­i­fied from their group in their last 10 cam­paigns in Europe’s elite com­pe­ti­tion and have not won away to Pre­mier­ship op­po­si­tion since Oc­to­ber 2001. LE­ICES­TER: T Veainu; N Malouf, G Owen, M To’omua, J May; G Ford, B Youngs; E Genge, T Youngs (c), D Cole, D Bar­row, G Kitch­ener, T Mapapalangi, L Hamil­ton, S Kalafa­moni. Re­place­ments: G Mcguigan, G Bate­man, P Cil­liers, D Tuohy, B O’con­nor, S Har­ri­son, J Ford, M Tait.

CAS­TRES: A Batlle; T Paris, T Combe­zou, A Tau­moe­peau, D Smith; Y Le Bourhis, R Kock­ott; M Lazar, M-A Ral­lier, D Tus­sac, S Mafi, R Capo Ortega (c), Y Ca­ballero, A Jelonch, A Tu­lou. Re­place­ments: J Jen­neker, T Stroe, E Sione, C Sam­son, B De­la­porte, F Vialelle, K Jaminet, L Ra­dosavl­je­vic MUN­STER v RAC­ING 92, Thomond Park, 5.30pm

(JP Doyle, Eng­land) MUN­STER: S Zebo; D Sweet­nam, C Far­rell, R Scan­nell, K Earls; I Keat­ley, C Mur­ray; D Kil­coyne, R Mar­shall, S Archer, J Kleyn, B Hol­land, P O’ma­hony (c), T O’don­nell, CJ Stander. Re­place­ments: K O’byrne, L O’con­nor, J Ryan, M Flana­gan, J O’donoghue, D Wil­liams, JJ Han­ra­han, A Con­way. RAC­ING 92: P Lam­bie; J Roko­coko, H Cha­vancy, A Tuitavke, L Dupi­chot; D Carter, M Machenaud (c); E Ben Arous, C Chat, B Tamei­funa, B Le Roux, L Nakarawa, W Lau­ret, Y Nyanga, A Claassen.

Re­place­ments: D Szarzewski, V Afa­tia, C John­ston, B Chouzenoux, E Maka, T Irib­aren, R Tales, A Vulivuli.

SARA­CENS v OSPREYS, Al­lianz Park, 7.45 (M Mitrea, Italy) Sara­cens have ro­tated South African hooker Schalk Brits into their start­ing line-up to face Ospreys. The 36-year-old re­places Jamie Ge­orge with Juan Fi­gallo com­ing in for Vin­cent Koch at prop and Dun­can Taylor get­ting a run at cen­tre, with Marcelo Bosch out. Hooker Scott Bald­win is on the

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