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Cockerill relishing Toulouse clash

Leicester boss Richard Cockerill is relishing the mouthwatering prospect of Sunday's Heineken Cup showdown against Toulouse at Welford Road.

The winners are guaranteed to progress from Pool Two and secure a quarter-final place, with four-time European champions Toulouse currently two points above Tigers.

"It should be a classic," Cockerill said.

"We are good enough to beat anyone at home. Toulouse are a very good side and they know how to win games, but they have not played particularly well away from home this season.

"We know they have enough class in their team to go anywhere and win, and we will be wary of that."

Cockerill has made a solitary change to the team held 15-15 by the Ospreys in Swansea last Sunday, with number eight Thomas Waldrom replacing Jordan Crane.

Centre Manu Tuilagi and hooker Tom Youngs are both named in the starting line-up, despite them experiencing calf muscle tightness six days ago, and Tuilagi also turning his ankle.

"This is where we wanted to be - in with a chance of topping the pool and qualifying in round six and in front of our fans," Cockerill said.

"We haven't played in this kind of game at Welford Road for a long time, and it will be a massive occasion. These are the games you want to be involved in - as a coach, a player or a fan."

Toulouse field their familiar galaxy of international talent, their formidable strength being underlined by a replacements' bench that features Maxime Medard, Yannick Jauzion, Luke Burgess and Yannick Nyanga.

Saracens will progress to the last-eight from Pool One tomorrow if they beat Vicarage Road visitors Edinburgh.

Saracens boss Mark McCall has made three changes from the side that posted a gripping victory over Racing Metro in Nantes last weekend, with starts for fly-half Charlie Hodgson, prop Mako Vunipola and lock George Kruis.

Owen Farrell, who kicked an astonishing 10 penalties in the Racing game, moves to centre and wing David Strettle, who was carried off during the early stages of last Saturday's encounter, also starts.

A Saracens slip-up against one of only two teams yet to collect a point in this season's Heineken Cup is unlikely, but Munster are waiting to pounce.

If they claim a bonus point win against Racing in Limerick tomorrow, it should be enough to land one of two best runners-up places available in the quarter-finals.

It would, though, take them past Saracens if the Aviva Premiership club come unstuck.