Champions Cup pool-by-pool preview: Leinster’s Johnny Sexton out injured

Holders without five Ireland internationals for visit of Toulouse; Edinburgh hope to reach knockout stage for only third time

Defeat by Toulouse at the RDS would leave holders Leinster needing to be one of the best three runners-up to qualify for the knockout stage. They are without five Ireland internationals for the visit of the club whose record of four European Cup final victories they equalled last season. Fly-half Johnny Sexton is among them, sidelined by a knee injury. Toulouse have lost only two matches all season and none in Europe. Wales’ No 8 Taulupe Faletau returns for Bath after three months out with a broken arm as they host Wasps at the Rec with avoiding finishing bottom on their minds.

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