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Bad News For Munster As Toulon Set To Welcome Back Some Serious Power

Munster and Toulon will do battle on Saturday for a place in the semi-final of this year’s Champions Cup.

Munster’s only loss in a home quarter-final came to Ulster in 2012 so the southern province will be hoping they don’t add to that record when Fabien Galthié’s side rock up at Thomond Park.

The narrative surrounding this game has been the injury troubles experienced by Munster, with Johann van Graan sweating on the fitness of Simon Zebo, Andrew Conway and Rory Scannell.

It is likely that some young players will need to rise to the occasion when they face off against a huge, powerful Toulon outfit who look set to welcome back some big players to their side for this weekend’s game.

France captain Guilhem Guirado, who had a fabulous Six Nations, could recover from a knee injury which ruled him out of France’s final Six Nations fixture against Wales.

Springbok Duane Vermeulen is expected to return and Mathieu Bastareaud, who featured against Clermont last weekend, is also expected to feature after a slight knock.

In better news for Munster, Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe (fractured thumb) and Juandre Kruger are both doubtful.

Much has been made of Toulon’s 49-0 victory over Clermont at the weekend but it must also be highlighted that Toulon don’t travel well, a week before that Clermont game, Toulon lost away to the Top14’s bottom club, Oyannax.

Author: Sean McMahon

Sean is Deputy Editor and head rugby writer. You can contact him by email [email protected] or on Twitter