|European Champions Cup Quarterfinal: Racing 9-2 v Toulouse|
|Venue: Paris La Defense Arena Date: Sunday, 31 March Kick off: 15:15 GMT|
Racing 9-2 will be encouraged by the return of fly half Finn Russell for his or her Champions Cup quarterfinal with Toulouse.
The Scotland international has not played since his iNFLuential role during his side’s Six Nations comeback against England in Twickenham.
Toulouse welcome rear France set Yoann Huget and Romain Ntamack from the backs.
Ntamack returns to inside center after starting the last 3 matches in fly half for his country.
Could Russell end Racing’s European misery?
Despite obeying a carefully chosen harvest of international celebrities in the past couple of decades, Racing 9-2 haven’t achieved their prized ambition of winning the European Cup.
Dan Carter and Johnny Sexton have tried and failed, so the mantle now falls into Scotland’s Russell.
The 26-year-old’s performance at Twickenham saw him hailed as”the best number 10 in the planet” by former England winger Ugo Monye, as Russell scored eight of Scotland’s 38 points to procure a draw that came trailing 31-7 in halftime.
Four-time winners Toulouse, meanwhile, currently lead the Best 14 dining table using a fluid kind of play that contrasts the French national team’s stuttering form.
Racing were the beaten finalists last season, moving down 15-12 into Leinster at Bilbao, also Toulouse assistant coach Jean Bouilhou highlighted possession as likely key when both teams meet in Paris.
“I think it’ll be crucial that you maintain possession and never give it a way to our competitions, because they’re so strong at home soil,” said Bouilhou, who won three European Cups as a person with Toulouse.
“They’re a team who play otherWISe, depending on whether they truly are in the home or away, and so they have worldclass players, therefore we all know it will be a very tough game”
Racing 9-2: Zebo; Thomas, Vakatawa, Chavancy, Imhoff; Russell, Machenaud; Gogichashvili, Szarzewski, Tameifuna, Russell, Ryan, Nakarawa, Chouzenoux, Le Roux, Claassen
Replacements: Chat, Ben Arous, Gomes Sa, Bird, Palu, Gibert, Volavola, Lauret
Toulouse: Kolbe; Huget, Guitone, Ntamack, Medard; Holmes, Dupont; Baille, Mauvaka, Faumuina, Arnold, Gray, Elstadt, Cros, Kaino
Replacements: Trader, Castets, van Dyk, Tolofua, Faasalele, Bezy, Ramos, Ahki