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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 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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