Mermoz out, Halfpenny in for Toulon’s Cup Semi

Toulon centre Maxime Mermoz has been ruled out of his team’s European Rugby Champions Cup semi-final match against Leinster at Marseille’s Velodrome Stadium.

There was doubt over Wales fullback Leigh Halpenny but he has been declared fit.

France international Mermoz suffered a wrist injury and will miss the European champions’ tie against the Irish province on Sunday.

Welsh player Halfpenny was sidelined with a dislocated shoulder during Saturday’s 35-24 win over Grenoble in the Top 14.

Halfpenny went off after 43 minutes but the injury is less serious than first feared by coach Bernard Laporte.

South African back rower Juan Smith also returns from a knee sprain.

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