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European Champions Cup: pool-by-pool guide to the weekend games

Joe Launchbury back for Wasps; Schalk Burger takes Maro Itoje’s role for Saracens; Exeter look to Henry Slade and Jonny Hill; Leicester boosted by return of Jonny May; Taulupe Faletau straight into Bath side after playing for Wales

Wasps welcome their captain, Joe Launchbury, back to the starting XV for the trip to pool leaders La Rochelle as Elliot Daly continues on the wing for Dai Young’s side. Launchbury’s return is the only change to the side who beat Leicester last time out as Wasps look to strengthen their hopes of reaching the knockout stages alive against the Top 14 leaders. Brock James is at fly-half for La Rochelle with Ryan Lamb on the bench. Harlequins recall Marcus Smith at fly-half after he was a late withdrawal last Sunday. Kyle Sinckler also comes in to start but James Horwill misses out through injury, meaning Mike Brown captains the side against Ulster. The visitors are led by Iain Henderson, in Rory Best’s absence, while there are also starts for Jacob Stockdale and Rob Herring.

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