Heineken Cup preview: Toulon v Glasgow at Stade Felix Mayol
Jonny Wilkinson is back for Toulon as they welcome Glasgow to Stade Félix Mayol for the Heineken Cup opener.
Last Updated: 13/10/13 2:33pm
Toulon are unbeaten at home in the Heineken Cup, winning all seven of their matches and this will be the first time the clubs have met in the competition.
The defending champions have made nine changes to the run-on side that narrowly beat Clermont in the Top 14 last week, in what was a rematch of last May's Heineken Cup Final.
Scrum-half Michael Claassens replaces Sebastian Tillous-Borde while Matt Giteau shifts from 10 to inside centre.
Former Wallaby wing Drew Mitchell drops to the bench along with Mathieu Bastareaud to make way for Josua Tuisova and Maxime Mermoz, who moves from 12 to 13.
In the pack, stalwarts flankers Joe van Niekerk and Juan Fernandez Lobbe return on either side of the scrum as Steffon Armitage drops to the bench.
Martin Castrogiovanni starts ahead of Carl Hayman at tighthead prop.
Frederic Michalak makes his return from injury amongst the replacements.
Meanwhile, Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend has called Tommy Seymour, Ruaridh Jackson, Henry Pyrgos, Dougie Hall, Jon Welsh, Jonny Gray and Josh Strauss come into the side following the 17-12 victory over the Scarlets last weekend.
Duncan Weir, Pat MacArthur, Moray Low and Richie Vernon drop to the bench, while Chris Cusiter, Rob Harley and the injured Sean Lamont are not involved this weekend.
Sean Maitland continues at full-back, with Seymour coming in on the right wing and Niko Matawalu moving to the left flank.
Mark Bennett and Alex Dunbar continue their centre partnership, while Jackson and Pyrgos link up at halfback.
In the pack Ryan Grant keeps his place at loosehead, with Hall replacing MacArthur at hooker and Welsh coming in for Low at tighthead.
19-year-old Gray makes only his third start for the club in the second-row alongside captain Al Kellock.
Tim Swinson moves from second-row to the blindside flank, with Chris Fusaro continuing at openside. Josh Strauss has recovered from injury and starts at number eight.
Toulon: 15 Delon Armitage, 14 Josua Tuisova, 13 Maxime Mermoz, 12 Matt Giteau, 11 David Smith, 10 Jonny Wilkinson (c), 9 Michael Claassens; 1 Emmanuel Felsina, 2 Jean-Charles Orioli, 3 Martin Castrogiovanni, 4 Bakkies Botha, 5 Ali Williams, 6 Juan Fernandez Lobbe, 7 Joe van Niekerk, 8 Chris Masoe.
Replacements: 16 Benjamin Noirot, 17 Xavier Chiocci, 18 Carl Hayman, 19 Steffon Armitage, 20 Mathieu Bastareaud, 21 Drew Mitchell, 22 Frederic Michalak, 23 Danie Rossouw.
Glasgow: 15 Sean Maitland, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Mark Bennett, 12 Alex Dunbar, 11 Niko Matawalu, 10 Ruaridh Jackson, 9 Henry Pyrgos; 1 Ryan Grant, 2 Dougie Hall, 3 Jon Welsh, 4 Jonny Gray, 5 Al Kellock (c), 6 Tim Swinson, 7 Chris Fusaro, 8 Josh Strauss.
Replacements: 16 Pat MacArthur, 17 Moray Low, 18 Ed Kalman, 19 James Eddie, 20 Richie Vernon, 21 Duncan Weir, 22 Byron McGuigan, 23 DTH van der Merwe.