Heineken European Champions Cup, Pool One: Leinster v Toulouse
Venue: RDS, Dublin Date: Saturday, 12 January Kick off: 13:00 GMT
Coverage: Score Upgrades and match report on the BBC Sport website

Johnny Sexton, Robbie Henshaw and Rob Kearney have been absentees to get Leinster’s crucial European Champions Cup game against unbeaten Toulouse on Saturday.

World player of this season Sexton remains out because of a leg injury whilst center Henshaw is not recognized as he recovers from a hamstring injury.

Ross Byrne replaces Sexton in fly-half with Rory O’Loughlin partnering Garry Ringrose at centre.

Jordan Larmour takes over from Kearney in full-back for Your holders.

Kearney came back after trauma to begin past weekend’s Pro14 win over Ulster but is not included in Leo Cullen’s 23-man group for Saturday’s game.

Romain Ntamack is among seven Toulouse players named in France's Six Nations squad

Toulouse on 12-match winning streak

The Top 14 leaders, who like Leinster are four-time winners, comprise seven associates of Jacques Brunel’s France Six Nations squad announced in midweek.

Maxime Medard, Romain Ntamack, Yoann Huget, Thomas Ramos along with Antoine Dupont are termed from the backs from Ugo Mola with skipper Julien Marchand beginning at hooker and Dorian Aldegheri among the replacements.

Of the seven players, only scrum-half Dupont did not come through the club’s academy.

Since their 2009-10 Champions Cup succeed, Toulouse have largely been from the doldrums but this season has found a stunning return to form by the club as they have come up with a 12-match winning streak.

Leinster coach Cullen says that the French giants will represent a”incredible test” for his side.

“They’ve the things that we have experienced from the amazing Toulouse teams through recent years. Very powerful forward and very rapid and invisibly backs. It’s really a pretty strong combination,” added Cullen.

Leinster keep two starters from Ulster match

Wing Adam Byrne along with hooker Sean Cronin would be the sole starters in past weekend retained from the Leinster line up.

Together with Jack McGrath and Devin Toner inaccessible because of injury, Cian Healy and Scott Fardy are termed in Leinster’s bundle.

Sexton’s unavailability means Rhys Ruddock skippers the side as he’s included in the back row alongside Josh van der Flier along with Jack Conan.

The defending European Champions are just two factors supporting Toulouse in Pool A following the French ensemble edged a 28-27 win when the clubs met in October in Stade Ernest Wallon.

History favours victory for Leinster, but with neither side having racked up two successive wins on the other in previous European actions, where the stats are 5-4 in favour of Toulouse.

Leinster have an excellent home record against Leading 14 clubs, having won 22 of 24 matches against French opposition.

English nightclubs Bath and Wasps are out of contention for eligibility after both lost three of the opening four matches.

Referee: L Pearce (RFU)