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Laporte eyes winning start to Toulon tenure
Bernard Laporte will look to start his tenure at Toulon with victory over former club Stade Francais this weekend.
Laporte took his first training since taking over from new France coach Philippe Saint-Andre on Monday.
"I'm not going to revolutionise the club but I have high level requirements," Laporte insisted.
"We can't be satisfied with recent results. We're going to work hard to take on Stade Français on Saturday. (Stade) are a good team, I worked on their recruitment, so I won't say the contrary."
Byron Kelleher starts for the Parisians for the first time, with England winger Paul Sackey set to face his former employers.
Five-time French champions Biarritz will be out to gain their first win of a thus far disastrous start to the Top 14 campaign on Friday when they host Perpignan.
Biarritz - who were last in the second tier in the 1995/96 season - are bottom of the table with just one draw in their four matches.
Although club president Serge Blanco is not ready to admit that the club is in a crisis, a defeat at the hands of old rivals Perpignan could plunge them into just such a scenario.
Biarritz will fancy their chances against a Perpignan side that has ground out a few results, but failed to impress this season.
BO welcome back Australian full-back Dane Haylett-Petty. Erik Lund is back, but starts from the bench.
USAP have named South African centre Gavin Hume at fly-half. Sébastien Vaha'amahina, Bertrand Guiry and Kevin Boulogne are back from injury but start from bench. Rudi Coetzee is in midfield.
Clermont have made light of missing a heap of stars and they will look to maintain their unbeaten record when they host Bayonne.
A young and inexperienced Clermont side gained an impressive 22-11 victory away at Racing-Metro last weekend which had coach Vern Cotter eulogising about their performance.
The hosts should be boosted by the return of experienced prop Vincent Debaty.
Sione Lauaki will not face his former team, the Bayonne loose forward is ill. The Basques are also without Troy Flavell who has been suspended for punching. Hooker François Da Ros is out injured.
Racing Metro for their part will look to bounce back after defeat to Clermont when they host newcomers Lyon.
Former France international Sebastien Chabal makes his first start of the season after recovering from a back injury, while fly-half Jonathan Wisniewski starts after being a doubt for most of the week.
Brive face a tough ask as they look to bounce back against Castres.
After a poor display on the opening weekend, Castres have been on the up and up ever since and are now third in the standings.
Scrum-half Alexandre Albouy returns for Castres as does centre Pierre-Emmanuel Garcia. Still out injured are Georgian prop Anton Peikrishvili, scrum-half Thierry Lacrampe and wing Vincent Inigo, who broke a rib against Agen.
Brive have attempted to address their front-row issues by signing veteran prop Pierre Capdevielle on a three-month contract.
With Davit Khinchagishvili and Vasil Kakovin both away on World Cup duty, and Pat Barnard, Pablo Henn and Victor Laval all injured, Capdevielle arrives on a temporary deal from Tulle.
Brive are also without England fly-half Shane Geraghty, with the summer signing facing up to four months out after shoulder surgery.
Last season's beaten finalists Montpellier will look to end their wait for a first win of the season when they take of Bordeaux.
Montpellier have been hit hard by the World Cup - with 11 players missing - and are under pressure to climb out of the drop zone.
Bordeaux, who have already beaten Bayonne this season, are without suspended duo Rafael Carballo and Fabien Rofes.
Defending champions Toulouse will look to build on their thumping of Biarritz when they travel to Agen.
Despite their long list of absentees, Toulouse can still boast a starting XV stacked with internationals, with former All Black Luke McAlister impressing since his arrival.
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|Friday 3rd October|
|19:45||Oyonnax vs Toulon|
|Saturday 4th October|
|13:45||Bordeaux-Begles vs Clermont Auvergne|
|16:30||Bayonne vs Montpellier|
|16:30||Castres vs Grenoble|
|16:30||Racing Metro Paris vs Brive|
|16:30||La Rochelle vs Lyon|
|18:45||Toulouse vs Stade Francais|
|Friday 10th October|
|19:45||Grenoble vs Brive|
|Saturday 11th October|
|12:35||Bordeaux-Begles vs Castres|
|13:00||Clermont Auvergne vs La Rochelle|
|13:00||Montpellier vs Oyonnax|
|13:00||Lyon vs Bayonne|
|14:35||Stade Francais vs Racing Metro Paris|
|Sunday 12th October|
|19:00||Toulouse vs Toulon|
|Saturday 1st November|
|15:00||Bayonne vs Clermont Auvergne|
|15:00||Brive vs Castres|
|15:00||La Rochelle vs Montpellier|
|15:00||Lyon vs Toulouse|
|15:00||Stade Francais vs Bordeaux-Begles|
|15:00||Racing Metro Paris vs Oyonnax|
|15:00||Toulon vs Grenoble|
|Saturday 8th November|
|15:00||Bordeaux-Begles vs Toulouse|
|15:00||Clermont Auvergne vs Stade Francais|
|15:00||Grenoble vs Lyon|
|15:00||Montpellier vs Brive|
|Saturday 27th September|
|Oyonnax 8 - 19 Clermont Auvergne|
|Brive 34 - 24 Bordeaux-Begles|
|Grenoble 27 - 25 Racing Metro Paris|
|Stade Francais 43 - 10 La Rochelle|
|Lyon 28 - 18 Castres|
|Toulon 40 - 17 Montpellier|
|Friday 26th September|
|Bayonne 35 - 19 Toulouse|
|Saturday 20th September|
|Montpellier 23 - 3 Stade Francais|
|Castres 27 - 18 Oyonnax|
|Grenoble 24 - 15 Bayonne|
|Clermont Auvergne 43 - 12 Lyon|
|La Rochelle 26 - 29 Bordeaux-Begles|
|Racing Metro Paris 27 - 16 Toulouse|
|Friday 19th September|
|Brive 13 - 53 Toulon|
|Sunday 14th September|
|Bordeaux-Begles 27 - 21 Montpellier|
|Saturday 13th September|
|Toulon 24 - 28 Stade Francais|
|Toulouse 9 - 13 Clermont Auvergne|
|Bayonne 23 - 6 Brive|
|Oyonnax 40 - 27 Grenoble|
|Racing Metro Paris 28 - 11 Lyon|
|Friday 12th September|
|La Rochelle 41 - 16 Castres|
|Saturday 6th September|
|Toulon 18 - 13 Bordeaux-Begles|
|Stade Francais 34 - 29 Bayonne|
|Grenoble 30 - 12 La Rochelle|
|Lyon 26 - 23 Oyonnax|
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