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Top 14: Castres unchanged for title decider while Toulon make one change
Castres are unchanged from the side that beat Montpellier a fortnight ago as they attempt to repeat last year's heroics by pipping Toulon to the Top 14 title on Saturday.
Castres denied Toulon a double last year after beating them by a scoreline of 19 - 14 in the final, two weeks after Toulon won the European title after defeating Clermont.
It was Castres' first title since 1993 and centre Romain Cabannes hopes they can upset the odds again to deny Toulon another double after their 23-6 Heineken Cup triumph against Saracens last weekend.
"We are very proud and very happy and once again we've surprised ourselves. Everyone always considers Castres the outsiders and us above all," the 29-year old said.
"We're very humble, but it's not a false humility, we really believe it.
"We know we're a good team but we also know that it's very difficult to reach the final given the other teams in the competition, so we have earned the right to be here.
"We are very proud and we would really like to give a good account of ourselves.
"We know Toulon want to win this trophy but it's still in our hands after we won last year and we would like to play our best and show our true worth again.
"The fact that outsiders can still overcome the odds and win helps a club like us who aren't able to sit on top of the table for the whole season.
"With a few things going our way in the playoffs, we can dream about winning the trophy once more."
The only change for Toulon from the side that beat Saracens last week sees New Zealand lock Ali Williams replacing Danie Rossouw to play in the second row alongside South African Bakkies Botha.
Roussow is named on the bench, and like Toulon's Johnny Wilkinson, is set to retire after the game.
Toulon: 15 D Armitage, 14 D Mitchell,13 M Bastareaud, 12 M Giteau, 11 B Habana, 10 J Wilkinson (capt), 9 S Tillous-Borde, 8 X Chiocci, 7 C Burden, 6 C Hayman, 5 B Botha, 4 A Williams, 3 J Smith, 2 JM Fernandez Lobbe, 1 S Armitage.
Replacements: JC Orioli, A Menini, J Suta, D Rossouw, V Bruni, M Mermoz, M Claassens, M Castrogiovanni.
Castres: 15 B Dulin, 14 M Evans, 13 R Cabannes, 12 R Lamerat, 11 R Grosso, 10 R Tales (capt), 9 R Kockott, 8 Y Forestier, 7 B Mach, 6 R Herrera, 5 R Gray, 4 RC Ortega, 3 P Fa'asalele, 2 A Claassen, 1 Y Caballero.
Replacements: M Bonello, S Taumoepeau, C Samson, J Bornman, C Garcia, S Bai, D Kirkpatrick, M Lazar.
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|Friday 19th September|
|19:45||Brive vs Toulon|
|Saturday 20th September|
|15:00||Castres vs Oyonnax|
|15:00||Grenoble vs Bayonne|
|15:00||La Rochelle vs Bordeaux-Begles|
|15:00||Racing Metro Paris vs Toulouse|
|15:00||Clermont Auvergne vs Lyon|
|19:45||Montpellier vs Stade Francais|
|Saturday 27th September|
|16:00||Bayonne vs Toulouse|
|16:00||Brive vs Bordeaux-Begles|
|16:00||Toulon vs Montpellier|
|16:00||Stade Francais vs La Rochelle|
|16:00||Oyonnax vs Clermont Auvergne|
|16:00||Lyon vs Castres|
|16:00||Grenoble vs Racing Metro Paris|
|Saturday 4th October|
|15:00||Toulouse vs Stade Francais|
|15:00||Bayonne vs Montpellier|
|15:00||Bordeaux-Begles vs Clermont Auvergne|
|15:00||Castres vs Grenoble|
|15:00||La Rochelle vs Lyon|
|15:00||Oyonnax vs Toulon|
|15:00||Racing Metro Paris vs Brive|
|Saturday 11th October|
|16:00||Clermont Auvergne vs La Rochelle|
|16:00||Bordeaux-Begles vs Castres|
|16:00||Toulouse vs Toulon|
|16:00||Grenoble vs Brive|
|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|
|Clermont Auvergne 32 - 6 Racing Metro Paris|
|Brive 26 - 19 Toulouse|
|Friday 5th September|
|Montpellier 43 - 10 Castres|
|Saturday 30th August|
|Racing Metro Paris 17 - 10 Toulon|
|Grenoble 37 - 23 Bordeaux-Begles|
|Oyonnax 33 - 6 Stade Francais|
|Lyon 24 - 6 Brive|
|Castres 30 - 6 Bayonne|
|La Rochelle 37 - 25 Toulouse|
|Friday 29th August|
|Clermont Auvergne 20 - 21 Montpellier|
|Saturday 23rd August|
|Stade Francais 23 - 20 Lyon|
|Bayonne 38 - 12 Oyonnax|
|Bordeaux-Begles 30 - 21 Racing Metro Paris|
|Toulon 60 - 19 La Rochelle|
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