Coach: Patrice Colazzo. Last season: Quarter-finalists.
How they qualified: 4th in Top 14, beaten in le barrage. Recruitments: Julien Savea, Liam Messam and Rhys Webb are among their latest big names, while a host of departures/retirements included Chris Ashton, Ma’a Nonu, Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe (now on coaching ticket), Semi Radradra and Duane Vermeulen.
Key man: Anthony Belleau. The light-footed 22-year-old outhalf is usually the spark for Toulon’s best rugby
This season’s formguide :LLWLWL. Prospects: Hmm. Undermining talk of scaled-down ambitions, there’s been yet another overhaul in coaching and playing staff under the volatile and impatient Mourad Boudjellal. Toulon have started the new season with four defeats and sit ninth. Ho-hum. Proven pro-Europeans, though. Pool winners.