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Preview: Ospreys v Toulouse

14th December 2012 11:20

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Thierry Dusautoir Toulouse 2012

Returning leader: Thierry Dusautoir

Kahn Fotuali'i will lead the Ospreys against Toulouse in their Heineken Cup rematch at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.

Richard Hibbard and Ryan Bevington return to the front row, with Samoa international George Stowers named as a replacement.

The Ospreys hopes of a place in the last eight of the Heineken Cup are hanging by a thread and only a bonus point victory over the most successful side in the tournament will keep those ambitions alive.

Meanwhile, Thierry Dusautoir returns to lead Toulouse for their rematch with the Ospreys on Saturday, replacing Yannick Nyanga at openside flanker.

The French champions continued their impressive record over the Ospreys last weekend with a 30-14 win, stretching their unbeaten run against the Welsh region to three matches.

With Luke McAlister ruled out for a month earlier this week, Jean-Marc Doussain fills in at fly-half alongside Luke Burgess. Maxime Médard starts at full-back, with Yoann Huget moving to the left wing.

19-year-old sensation Gael Fickou also starts, in place of the injured Florian Fritz, whilst in the pack Roman MIllo-Chluski and Vasil Kakovin are also selected.

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The teams:

Ospreys: 15 Richard Fussell, 14 Ross Jones, 13 Andrew Bishop, 12 Ashley Beck, 11 Eli Walker, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Kahn Fotuali'i (c), 8 Joe Bearman, 7 Justin Tipuric, 6 Ryan Jones, 5 James King, 4 Ian Gough, 3 Campbell Johnstone, 2 Richard Hibbard, 1 Ryan Bevington.
Replacements: 16 Scott Baldwin, 17 Duncan Jones, 18 Adam Jones, 19 Lloyd Peers, 20 George Stowers, 21 Rhys Webb, 22 Matthew Morgan, 23 Tom Isaacs.

Toulouse: 15 Maxime Médard, 14 Vincent Clerc, 13 Yann David, 12 Gael Fickou, 11 Yoann Huget, 10 Jean-Marc Doussain, 9 Luke Burgess, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Thierry Dusautoir (c), 6 Jean Bouilhou, 5 Patricio Albacete, 4 Yoann Maestri, 3 Cencus Johnston, 2 Gary Botha, 1 Vasil Kakovin.
Replacements: 16 Jean-Baptiste Poux, 17 Yohan Montes, 18 Roman Millo-Chluski, 19 Yannick Nyanga, 20 Gregory Lamboley, 21 Sébastian Bézy, 22 Yannick Jauzion, 23 Christopher Tolofua.

Date: Saturday, December 15
Venue: Liberty Stadium
Kick-off: 13:35
Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)

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Pool 1
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1Leinster622
2Northampton617
3Castres69
4Ospreys65
Pool 2
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1Toulon624
2Cardiff Blues614
3Exeter612
4Glasgow Warriors611
Pool 3
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1Toulouse623
2Saracens620
3Connacht613
4Zebre60
Pool 4
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1Clermont Auvergne624
2Harlequins616
3Scarlets611
4Racing Metro Paris67
Pool 5
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1Ulster626
2Leicester Tigers621
3Montpellier611
4Treviso60
Pool 6
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1Munster623
2Gloucester614
3Edinburgh612
4Perpignan67