Coach: Vern Cotter. Last season: Pool exit, two wins out of 6. How they qualified: First in Top 14/beaten finalists.
Recruitments: Johan Goosen, Julien Ledevedec and Levan Chilachava offset departures of Jesse Mogg, Joe Tomane and others.
Key man: Goosen. Player of the year in Racing’s title success of 2016, before retiring then returning with the Cheetahs and a big money move here. Back to his best. Importance highlighted by Aaron Cruden’s injury.
This season’s formguide :LWDLWW.
Prospects: Losing final to Castres still hurts. Huge budget (supposedly sixth highest in Top 14 at ¤27m), huge pack, huge team, huge ambitions. Host Toulon tomorrow in taste of seismic back-to-back clashes. Pool runners-up.