Wilkinson starts against Munster
April 25, 2014
Jonny Wilkinson gets the No.10 shirt for Sunday's game © Getty Images
Toulon's Jonny Wilkinson has passed his fitness test and starts against Munster in Sunday's Heineken Cup semi-final in Marseille.
Wilkinson picked up a hamstring injury in their quarter-final win over Leinster and despite Frederic Michalak's good form in the Top 14 and Matt Giteau's impressive showing at fly-half when he stepped in against Leinster, Wilkinson gets the No.10 jersey.
Toulon are without Bakkies Botha, Ali Williams and Chris Masoe for the semi-final but their XV still boasts a host of international stars with Bryan Habana lining up in a back three also featuring Delon Armitage and Drew Mitchell. Steffon Armitage packs down in a back-row alongside Juan Smith and Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe.
Munster have named Damien Varley as captain with JJ Hanrahan included on the bench after injury. Donnacha Ryan misses out as he has not recovered from a foot injury but Sean Dougall starts in the back-row alongside CJ Stander and James Coughlan.
Saracens host Clermont on the Saturday and the eye-catching selection sees Neil de Kock preferred to Richard Wigglesworth at scrum-half. Clermont are without captain Aurelien Rougerie but Lee Byrne returns at fullback with Benson Stanley filling in at outside centre.
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