Owen Farrell set to face Munster

Saracens and England fly-half Owen Farrell missed his club’s 24-23 loss to Gloucester on Friday with a "minor strain" but coach Mark McCall insisted: "We are very confident he will be fit for Munster next week."

Owen Farrell set to face Munster

Farrell, 23, has struggled for fitness and form and was replaced by George Ford at fly-half for England during the autumn internationals.

Leinster’s opponents in next weekend’s Champions Cup action, Castres, were on the wrong end of a 49-13 hammering from Stade Francais, who went clear atop the French Top 14 on an emotional day in Paris.

Tries from Fiji wing Waisea Nayacalevu, Jonathan Danty, a hat-trick from captain Sergio Parisse and a penalty try ensured Stade took the maximum five points form the encounter.

Toulon — who face Ulster at the Stade Felix Mayol on Saturday — scored four tries as they beat Johnny Sexton’s Racing Metro 32-23. Toulon were inspired by fly-half and inside centre Juan Martin Hernandez and Matt Giteau, who were starting together for the first time.

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