Former Toulouse head coach Guy Novès is backing his former club to land a fifth European crown and lift the Heineken Champions Cup for the first time since 2010. 

Novès was in charge at Toulouse for all four of their European successes, but senses that with a home quarter-final and some key additions during the enforced mid-season break, the French club could be ready to strike again. 

Before we talk about results, we should still stay vigilant regarding this pandemic,” said the 66-year-old. Toulouse, having had luck on their side and a good pool, have afforded themselves a quarter-final in Toulouse, so they’ve got a good chance of winning it against Ulster. 

After that, the route gets more difficult, but Saracens are playing against Leinster Rugby, so one of those two will be knocked out.  

Both of them are potentially capable of winning it but Toulouse seem well-equipped to me. They haven’t lost any players; they’ve even made some additions with the two Australian locks arriving in Rory Arnold and his brother [Richie Arnold] because Gray left for Scotland, 

So Toulouse seem well-equipped to me., but I’m also thinking about Leinster, who are also playing at home to Saracens. 

I think that the title will be won and lost there.”