Heineken Champions Cup quarter-finalists Racing 92 take on Montpellier tonight in their final domestic match before their last eight European clash against fellow French side ASM Clermont Auvergne.
The Parisians – who reached the 2018 Heineken Champions Cup final – have named a strong side for tonight’s match at the Paris La Defense Arena, with captain Teddy Iribaren and Finn Russell forming a creative half-back partnership alongside the likes of centre Virimi Vakatawa and veteran full-back Kurtley Beale.
Head coach Laurent Travers has also named lock duo Dominic Bird and Bernard Le Roux in his starting XV with flanker Wensceslas Lauret and prop Eddy Ben Arous also featuring.
Racing returned to TOP14 action last weekend with a hard-fought 27-23 win over Lyon, battling back from a half-time deficit with tries from Juan Imhoff, Louis Dupichot and Finn Russell enough to secure the points.
📢 𝐋𝐀𝐃𝐈𝐄𝐒 𝐀𝐍𝐃 𝐆𝐄𝐍𝐓𝐋𝐄𝐌𝐄𝐍…
La compo des Ciel et Blanc (ft.1⃣7⃣JIFFS) ! ⬇️
— Racing 92 (@racing92) September 10, 2020
They topped a tough Heineken Champions Cup Pool 4 after home victories over Saracens, Munster Rugby and Ospreys but collected the fewest points of the pool winners, meaning they face a trip to the Stade Marcel-Michelin next weekend to take on Challenge Cup winners Clermont.
The quarter-final clash will take on place on September 19, live on BT Sports, France Televisions and beIN SPORTS from 17:45 (UK and Irish time).
Elsewhere in France, Toulouse – who face Ulster Rugby in their Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final – take on 2019 Challenge Cup finalists La Rochelle and Clermont travel to face Bayonne.