Jimmy Gopperth is targeting a semi-final win over Toulon so the Leinster back can fulfil his dream of ending his time in Ireland with a place the Champions Cup final.

The New Zealander will leave Leinster at end of season for Wasps and speaking to RTÉ Sport ahead of Sunday’s clash with reigning European champions in Marseille, he said: “It’s one game away from where you want to be. This one game is a huge test for us because Toulon are probably the team everyone looks up to in the world.

“They’re a bunch of superstars, the biggest budget. It’s going to be a very tough ask for us and it’s one we’re up for.”

The game at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille will be played in very un-Irish April temperatures, up in the 20s, and Gopperth gave some insight into how Leinster have been be preparing.

“They’ve cranked the heating on in the Leinster gym which has made a few boys uncomfortable. It’s acclimatising us to the beautiful temperatures over there on Sunday.

“Everyone loves playing rugby in the sun and it should suit us.”

“We’re coming in as underdogs and so it should be, our form hasn’t been great" - Jimmy Gopperth

The 31-year-old believes that all the pressure going into the game is on the champions, who beat Leinster 29-14 in last year’s quarter-final in Toulon.

“We’re coming in as underdogs and so it should be, our form hasn’t been great.

“But then again we’re in this position. We’ve got ourselves this opportunity one step away from making the final.

“So we have to be right up there and ready for a massive fight. If you’re not up to your A-game you’ll get hurt.

“We’ve taken a lot of lessons from last year when we played them. Lessons hopefully we put right and we give them our best crack.”

Meanwhile, Leinster have confirmed that second row Kane Douglas will miss the rest of the season.

The Australian is to undergo surgery to correct a disc problem in his back.

Having seen a specialist, Douglas has been advised that it'll be around three months before he can play again. 

Leinster Gear Up For Toulon Test


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