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Heineken Cup Pool 3: Zebre v Toulouse preview

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Toulouse have the chance to secure a home Heineken Cup quarter-final with a bonus-point win at Zebre on Saturday.

Victory at Stadio XXV Aprile would be enough to ensure top spot in Pool 3 but, depending a results elsewhere, the French side may need to score four tries to be sure of hosting a last-eight fixture.

Toulouse welcome the return of Vincent Clerc - the Heineken Cup's all-time leading try scorer - in a starting XV that features four changes to the side that beat Saracens last week.

With Clerc back, Yoann Huget switches wings to start on the left and Hosea Gear drops out of the squad.

Gael Fickou is promoted to the starting line-up at inside centre with Clement Poitrenaud moving to the bench, while Sebastian Bezy is preferred at scrum-half to Jano Vermaak.

In the pack, Joe Tekori is named in the second row as Patricio Albacete is given a rest. Prop Cyril Baille and Fijian flyer Timoci Matanavou are added to the replacements.

Zebre have lost all five of their matches in the competition, conceding 94 points along the way.

There are five changes from the team that lost away to Connacht last week, including the return of former All Black Brendon Leonard and Mauro Bergamasco.

Zebre: 15 Trevisan, 14 Sarto, 13 Ratuvou, 12 Garcia, 11 Berryman, 10 Orquera, 9 Leonard; 1 Ageuro, 2 D'Apice, 3 Chistolini, 4 Geldenhuys (capt), 5 Biagi, 6 Bergamasco, 7 Van Schalkwyk, 8 Vunisa

Replacements:16 Leibson, 17 De Marchi, 18 Redolfini, 19 Caffini, 20 Cristiano, 21 Chillon, 22 Quartaroli, 23 Gullo

Toulouse: 15 Medard, 14 Clerc, 13 David, 12 Fickou, 11 Huget, 10 Doussain, 9 Bezy; 1 Ferreira, 2 Ralepelle, 3 Johnston, 4 Maestri, 5 Tekori, Nyanga, Dusautoir (capt), 8 Picamoles

Replacements: 16 Tolofua, 17 Baille, 18 Montes, 19 Millo-Chluski, 20 Camara, 21 Vermaak, 22 Poitrenaud, 23 Matanavou

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Friday 17th October
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19:45Harlequins vs Castres
Saturday 18th October
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15:15Saracens vs Clermont Auvergne
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Sunday 19th October
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Friday 24th October
19:45Munster vs Saracens
Saturday 25th October
13:00Ulster vs Toulon
19:45Scarlets vs Leicester
15:15Bath vs Toulouse
17:15Montpellier vs Glasgow
17:15Northampton vs Ospreys
Sunday 26th October
13:00Clermont Auvergne vs Sale
15:00Castres vs Leinster
17:15Wasps vs Harlequins
17:15Benetton Treviso vs Racing Metro 92
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TBCSale vs Saracens
TBCCastres vs Wasps
TBCHarlequins vs Leinster
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