Exeter Chiefs make one change for semi-final against Toulouse

Exeter Chiefs director of rugby Rob Baxter
Exeter Chiefs director of rugby Rob Baxter

Exeter Chiefs have made a solitary change for the upcoming Heineken Champions Cup semi-final against Toulouse at Sandy Park on Saturday.

Jacques Vermeulen misses out with Sam Skinner replacing him at blindisde and will form backrow partnership with Sam Simmonds and Dave Ewers.

Stuart Hogg will continue at fullback with Jack Nowell and Tom O'Flaherty at wings and Henry Slade forming centre partnership with Ian Whitten. Joe Simmonds will continue to have the kicking responsibility and will form halfback partnership with Jack Maunder.

“The key thing this week is that we don’t get too excited about the game too quickly," said Exeter Chiefs director of rugby Rob Baxter.

“For a game like this, you have to expend a huge amount of emotional energy, but not in the build-up. Our aim has to be to have those emotional batteries full for kick-off, then release it all from the outset.”

Toulouse will also have a solitary change to their line up with Julien Marchand coming in taking the place of Peato Mauvaka.

Exeter Chiefs starting line-up: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Jack Nowell, 13 Henry Slade, 12 Ian Whitten, 11 Tom O’Flaherty, 10 Joe Simmonds (c), 9 Jack Maunder, 8 Sam Simmonds, 7 Sam Skinner, 6 Dave Ewers, 5 Jonny Hill, 4 Jonny Gray, 3 Harry Williams, 2 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 1 Alec Hepburn

Reserves: 16 Jack Yeandle, 17 Ben Moon, 18 Tomas Francis, 19 Dave Dennis, 20 Don Armand, 21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 22 Gareth Steenson, 23 Ollie Devoto

Toulouse starting line-up: 15 Thomas Ramos, 14 Yoann Huget, 13 Sofiane Guitoune, 12 Pita Ahki, 11 Cheslin Kolbe, 10 Romain Ntamack, 9 Antoine Dupont, 8 Selevasio Tolofua, 7 Francois Cros, 6 Jerome Kaino (c), 5 Joe Tekori, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 Julien Marchand, 1 Cyril Baille

Reserves: 16 Peato Mauvaka, 17 Rodrigue Neti, 18 Dorian Aldegheri, 19 Alban Placines, 20 Louis Madaule, 21 Alexi Bales, 22 Zack Holmes, 23 Matthis Lebel


European Rugby Champions Cup Points Table