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Where: Stade Félix Mayol
When: 16.30 (BST)
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Leinster face the formidable task of overcoming RC Toulon at the Stade Felix Mayol where the French giants have won their last 10 Heineken Cup matches.
But Matt O’Connor’s men, who, like Toulon, boast five Heineken Cup wins in six games this season, will be determined to regain the trophy after losing it to Sunday’s opponents last year.
Toulon could welcome back captain Jonny Wilkinson after injury but veteran All Black lock Ali Williams will miss the last eight tie, as will the vastly-experienced South African Bakkies Botha.
Leinster hero Brian O’Driscoll suffered a scare after damaging his neck in their win over domestic rivals Munster on Saturday but the reigning Amlin Challenge Cup kings hope both he and fellow Ireland international Cian Healy will be available for the trip to the Côte d’Azur.
Toulon’s Michael Claassens sees the tie as their toughest task yet, even though they have faced both ASM Clermont Auvergne and Toulouse in the Top 14 over the past two weeks, with the former Bath halfback having conceded 50 points against Leinster with his old side back in December 2011.
“They’ve been one of the top teams in the Heineken Cup for years so it will probably be our toughest game of the season. Leinster are a very organised team, they’re coached very well and they’ve got a lot of international players,” said Claassens.
“With the support there is here, with the people always shouting for you and cheering you on, that will definitely lift us. You would hope that sides would get intimidated by that but, to be honest, I don’t think Leinster will.”
Leinster became just the second side after Leicester Tigers to win back-to-back Heineken Cup crowns when they claimed the title for a third time by beating Ulster two years ago but a surprise defeat at home to Northampton meant they failed to secure a home quarter-final this term.
They have already won in France once this season after seeing off French champions Castres Olympique in Round 5 of the pool stages, though, and they were victorious the last time they played in France in the knockout rounds when they beat Clermont in Bordeaux in 2012.
“You’ve got to bring a physical edge. There are a lot of things involved in it but it is the process that you have to make sure you’re getting right if you want to compete against these boys,” said Leinster flanker Shane Jennings.
“Every other team in the competition has the goal that they want to win it. It’s about how you can be controlled in the game, to control those emotions, and then just be accurate and go through the patterns we’re trying to set in place this week.”