Racing Metro welcome Cardiff Blues to Stade Yues Du Manoir on Friday, as they embark on their second season in the Heineken Cup.
Pierre Berbizier's side didn't have the easiest of debut seasons, winning just two of their opening six matches in last year's competition.
Their fortunes have faired a little better so far this season, with the side winning five of their first ten Top 14 games and they will be boosted by the return of their International contingent.
Coaching duo Justin Burnell and Gareth Baber will lead Cardiff Blues into the competition for the first time after taking over control at the Welsh region following the departure of Dai Young.
The Blues have competed well domestically with their stars away on International duty but will look to their Wales contingent to lead from the front as they try to build for a place in the last eight for the first time since 2009.
The Blues tasted Amlin Challenge Cup success in 2010 but with a squad including household names Jamie Roberts, Sam Warburton, Martyn Williams, Dan Parks and Gavin Henson the region will be aiming for high honours in the Heineken Cup.
Racing Metro: 15 Gaetan Germain, 14 Sereli Bobo, 13 Henry Chavancy, 12 Fabrice Estebanez, 11 Juan Imhoff, 10 Juan Martin Hernandez, 9 Mathieu Loree, 8 Jacques Cronje, 7 Antoine Batut, 6 John Leo'o, 5 Jone Qovu Nailiko, 4 Karim Ghezal, 3 Juan Pablo Orlandi, 2 Benjamin Noirot, 1 Andrea Lo Cicero.
Replacements: 16 Thomas Bianchin, 17 Eddy Ben Arous, 18 Johannes Coetzee, 19 Lionel Nallet, 20 Nicolas Durand, 21 Jonathan Wisniewski, 22 Virimi Vakatawa, 23 Remi Vaquiin.
Cardiff Blues: 15 Chris Czekaj, 14 Alex Cuthbert, 13 Casey Laulala, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 Tom James, 10 Dan Parks, 9 Lloyd Williams, 8 Xavier Rush, 7 Sam Warburton, 6 Michael Paterson, 5 James Down, 4 Bradley Davies, 3 Taufa'ao Filise, 2 T Rhys Thomas (captain), 1 Gethin Jenkins.
Replacements: 16 Marc Breeze, 17 John Yapp, 18 Scott Andrews, 19 Paul Tito, 20 Andries Pretorius, 21 Richie Rees, 22 Ceri Sweeney, 23 Gavin Evans.
Date: Friday, Novermber 11
Venue: Stade Yues Du Manoir, Paris
Kick-off: 21.00 (20.00 GMT)
Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)
Assistant referees: John Carvill (Ireland), Brian MacNeice (Ireland)
TMO: Tony Redmond (Ireland)
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