European Champions Cup news: Maro Itoje returns for Saracens

Pool one

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

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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.


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