7 Jun, 15:39
ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
Fabien Pelous has been out of action since injuring his knee at Biarritz on January 3, but he has taken a full part in training throughout this week and hopes to make his comeback at a jam-packed Stade Ernest Wallon on Saturday.
He said, 'I feel ready to start the important game against Edinburgh on Saturday. I took part in a full training session on Tuesday, a mini-match and although I lost my breath a bit, everything else felt fine and I don't think it would be a risk to start the match. I will have to see what Guy Noves thinks but that is my aim.'
Yannick Jauzion's return is another welcome piece of news to the Toulouse coaching staff after the blow that young centre Benoit Baby will be out for 9 months. Jauzion picked up a calf injury against The Ospreys in Round 3 but should return on Saturday. There are doubts over Yann Delaigue (thigh), so scrum half Sylvain Dupuy is on stand-by.
Head coach Guy Noves said, 'We will try and show Edinburgh that Toulouse is a hard place to play. We were dominated at Edinburgh so have a duty to produce a good performance here on Saturday in order to defend our colours, give our crowd something to shout about and produce the results of the work we have been putting in all week.
'We know that a good result would mean the top spot in the Pool which in turn should signify a home quarter-final so there is everything to play for.
'Edinburgh have an excellent set-piece and a great kicking game. You notice the progresion in every team lucky enough to play in the Heineken Cup year after year and that is the case with Edinburgh, the proof being that they are coming to Toulouse as Pool leaders and we are the underdogs.'
Toulouse: N Jeanjean; E Ntamack (capt), Y Jauzion, C Poitrenaud, C Heymans; F Michalak, J Elissalde; P Collazo, TBC, J Poux, D Gerard, F Pelous, J Bouilhou, F Maka, C Labit
Replacements: B Lecouls, Y Bru, T Brennan, I Maka, Y Delaigue, V Clerc, C Desbrosse,
Edinburgh Rugby: D Lee; S Webster, T Philip, B Laney (capt), C Joiner; C Paterson, M Blair; A Jacobsen, D Hall, C Smith, N Hines, S Murray, A Dall, A Hogg, S Taylor
Replacements: C Di Ciacca, J Brannigan, A Kellock, S Cross, G Burns, M Di Rollo, H Southwell,
Referee: Chris White (England)