Injured Sexton, Toner and Jack McGrath are not available for selection against Toulouse. Nor is Henshaw deemed fit enough to return to action.

Leinster’s weakened team, which also does not feature Rob Kearney, will attempt to turn the tables on Toulouse, having narrowly lost by a point to them back in October in the south of France.

LeinsterPositionToulouse
Cian Healy1Clément Castets
Seán Cronin2Julien Marchand (Captain)
Tadhg Furlong3Charlie Faumuina
Scott Fardy4Richie Arnold
James Ryan5Joe Tekori
Rhys Ruddock (Captain)6Francois Cros
Josh van der Flier7Rynhardt Elstadt
Jack Conan8Jerome Kaino
Luke McGrath9Antoine Dupont
Ross Byrne10Thomas Ramos
Dave Kearney11Yoann Huget
Rory O’Loughlin12Romain Ntamack
Garry Ringrose13Sofiane Guitoune
Adam Byrne14Cheslin Kolbe
Jordan Larmour15Maxime Médard
Replacements
James Tracy16Peato Mauvaka
Ed Byrne17Cyril Baille
Andrew Porter18Dorian Aldegheri
Ross Molony19Piula Faasalele
Max Deegan20Louis Madaule
Jamison Gibson-Park21Alban Placines
Noel Reid22Sébastien Bézy
Conor O’Brien23Zack Holmes

A strong front row is backed up by solid experience in the second in Fardy, and James Ryan’s unlikely speed and strength that matches his height. The back row is about as good as it gets with Ruddock (captain), van der Flier and Conan.

The backs are by comparison inexperienced with 68.5 appearances on average compared to the 102.5 for the forwards. Kearney and McGrath make up nearly half of the caps.

Still though, Ross Byrne is a safe pair of hands with which to orchestrate some magic. I expect a few kicks to the sidelines for Adam Byrne and Kearney to get at throughout the match.

Garry Ringrose and Rory O’Loughlin make an exciting centre partnership. Playing against Toulouse, who like to play openly, this has the potential to be an explosive game. Don’t blink, don’t go for a pint, don’t even talk to your neighbour. If you’re watching at home, be ready to pause and rewind.