Saturday, May 24, 2008
Toulouse and Munster, the two heavyweights of European rugby, go head to head today in a clash of the titans as they meet in Cardiff for the Heineken Cup Final.
The brawn of Munster meets the flair of Toulouse as both side's look to add to their already glistening trophy cabinets at a sold-out Millennium Stadium on Saturday.
Declan Kidney, in his last game as Munster's head coach, has kept faith with the same starting XV that secured the semi-final win over Saracens.
Donncha O'Callaghan gets the nod ahead of Mick O'Driscoll in the second row, and he partners captain Paul O'Connell. Behind the pack the impressive Rua Tipoki continues his partnership with Lifeimi Mafi.
Toulouse head coach Guy Novs has selected Jean-Baptiste Elissalde at fly-half, and he partners former All Black Byron Kelleher at half-back.
Maxime Medard and Yves Donguy line up on the wings, neither of whom have ever played in a final, let alone a Heineken Cup final. However with Cdric Heymans at full-back they will have plenty of guidance and support in attack.
It promises to be a classic that brings us more of the great European rugby action we've seen all season. Predictions anyone?
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