Bath welcomes the four-time Toulouse winners to the Recreation Ground, but without their 20-year-old winger Joe Cokanasiga, who presented symptoms of a delayed concussion this week, in more bad news for England. Taulupe Faletau is also absent, having broken his arm during Exeter's defeat last Friday, so Zach Mercer is selected at No. 8, where he faces an intriguing fight with former New Zealand back-row Jerome Kaino . Jamie Roberts returns to the centers to add ballast from the midfield, while Francois Louw is back on flank after a stunning change for the Springboks against New Zealand last weekend. For Toulouse, Cheslin Kolbe, another who was in action for South Africa in their close defeat against the All Blacks, returned to the wing. Romain Ntamack, the teenage son of the former French wing and coach Emile, is one of the substitutes.
Bath of Toulouse
Swimming pool two
Exeter begins their European campaign, tipped as one of the few parties capable of challenging the established order and making only one change in their first XV before Munster's visit, with Ian Whitten entering the center in place of Ollie Devoto. Munster is still without Conor Murray, just like Alby Mathewson, so Duncan Williams gets the nod half of it. Gloucester is now in the midst of a wounding crisis due to their return to the European top tents, naming two whores on the bench and giving the No 20 shirt – mostly reserved for slot or back cover – to Matt Banahan. Eddie Jones will be present for what Danny Cipriani's last chance is to take a place in the England squadraling team, which is called Thursday. He faces Julien Dumora in the absence of Benjamin Urdapilleta.
Exeter against Munster Saturday at 15.15, Gloucester against Castres Sunday 13.00
Saracens are stimulated by the return of their captain, Brad Barritt, for the trip to Glasgow. Barritt suffered a facial injury two weeks ago, which required surgery, but he is back to take his place in Mark McCall's side. Maro Itoje, who came off the bench during the victory of last weekend at Harlequins, returns to blindside flanker. For Glasgow, co-captains Ryan Wilson – who does not need an introduction to the opposing half of the flying half Owen Farrell – and Callum Gibbins return to the back row, but there is no room for Tommy Seymour, who is absent for personal reasons. Lyon, the only debutants in this season's competition, got a big bang with Liam Gill due to an injury. Carl Fearns, the former row of Sale and Bath, is on the bench. Cardiff Blues summer signing Samu Manoa is also one of the substitutes and set for his debut at the Matmut Stadium the Gerland.
Lyon v Cardiff Blues Sunday 14.00, Glasgow v Saracens Sunday at 15.15
Losing finalists from last season, Racing 92, are without the productive substitute Teddy Thomas for their trip to the Scarlets but Finn Russell and Simon Zebo are fly-half and full-back respectively while Xavier Chauveau prefers Teddy Iribaren on scrum- half. Rhys Patchell is absent for the hosts of Parc y Scarlets after having suffered a head injury against the Ospreys in the Pro 14 last weekend, but Jonathan Davies returns to the center after missing that game. For Leicester, the English winger Jonny May has not recovered from the shoulder injury he sustained at Twickenham during the win against Northampton Saints last Saturday, while Dave Denton also misses. Ulster is now being stimulated by the return of Craig Gilroy, Jordi Murphy, Will Addison and Michael Lowry of injuries for their European opener at Kingspan Stadium.
Scarlets v Racing 92 Saturday at 5.30 pm, Ulster against Leicester Saturday 5.30 pm
Newcastle will appear for the first time for 14 years in Europe's top competition, away from the three-man champion Toulon, but without their fly-half, Toby Flood, who has a shoulder injury. Niki Goneva is also missing and their captain, Will Welch, is out with an ankle injury so that Mark Wilson will lead the side in Provence. For Toulon the former All Black Liam Messam has been suspended, just like Mathieu Bastareaud, but Julian Savea is on the wings when they look to get back on track in Europe after wrestling in the Top 14. Edinburgh has made three changes to Defy Cotter & # 39; s Montpellier with Duhan van der Merwe a notable absentee due to an injury. The former Ulster and South Africa scrum half Ruan Pienaar moves to half flying to Montpellier, who miss Aaron Cruden, Frans Steyn and Johan Goosen all due to an injury. Gerard Meagher
Montpellier against Edinburgh Saturday at 4:15 pm, Toulon v Newcastle Sunday 4.15 pm