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Both sides enter this Pool 5 clash in poor form domestically with Newcastle bottom of the Gallagher Premiership and Toulon sitting 12th in the French Top 14.
Newcastle are back in the competition for the first time in 13 years and will be desperate to make an impact following such a long absence from the European Champions Cup.
Dave Walder’s men have won just once all season in the Premiership, losing five times. The most recent defeat was a 20-7 reverse away at Sale Sharks in which Newcastle played a brief period with just 13 men after two players were sin-binned.
Falcons boast some impressive talent in their squad but those players have largely underperformed throughout the opening six games of the Premiership season.
The notable exception is Samoan international Sinoti Sinoti who has been a bright spot for Newcastle with his dominant wing play.
Rugby Tonight’s Ben Kay picked out Sinoti as a potential difference-maker ahead of the clash, highlighting his outstanding feet and the ability to drag in defenders before offloading for team-mates to score.
Walder will be hoping his wing can step up and make the difference with a number of key players struggling with injuries – including Toby Flood, Niki Goneva and Will Welch.
They enter the clash at Toulon’s Stade Felix-Mayol as underdogs despite the home side’s poor start to the French Pro 14 season.
Toulon were defeated 29-17 by Montpellier at the Altrad Stadium and Patrice Collazo’s men have won just twice in seven to begin the French Top 14 season.
But the French side boast pedigree in the competition and made the quarter-finals last season before a narrow 20-19 defeat by Munster.
They can count on the likes of Wales’ Rhys Webb, former All Black Julian Savea and long-serving France international Francois Trinh-Duc.
Newcastle make several changes from their previous outing with Sami Mavinga, Kyle Cooper and David Wilson coming in alongside Alex Tait and Tom Arscott - on the wing.
Flood is out with a shoulder issue but Tom Penny will play at outside centre and Joel Hodgson will slot in at 10. Will Witty and Glen Young play second row while Nemani Nagusa makes his debut.
Toulon are without captain Bastareaud due to his ban. Savea starts despite having not scored a try for the French side so far this season. The French international, who has a history of disciplinary issues, will not be available to play for Toulon until they visit Edinburgh on October 20th.
Toulon: Ikpefan, Tuisova, Pietersen, Belleau, Savea, Trinh-Duc, Escande, Gros, Guirado, Van Der Merwe, Rebbadj, Taofifenua, Monribot, Mbarga, Lakafia (c)
Replacements: Etrillard, Chiocci, Taofifenua, Potgieter, Fekitoa, Bonneval, Meric, Vanverberghe
Newcastle: Tait, Arscott, Penny, Williams, Sinoti, Hodgson, Young, Mavinga, Cooper, Wilson, Witty, Young, Wilson (c), Graham, Nagusa.
Replacements: McGuigan, Brocklebank, Mulipola, Burrows, Chick, Takulua, Connon, Bettencourt
Newcastle coach Dean Richards: "We've got five guys who have had Champions Cup experience before - as a consequence, it's a learning curve.
"Playing rugby in the south of France on these big European weekends is something a bit special, and the players will respond to that. The atmosphere in Toulon is as good as any, and we just want to get out there and enjoy it.
"Whether they'll be on a similar sort of footing this time round as when they were flying high a couple of seasons ago remains to be seen, because they're third from bottom in the Top 14 and struggling a little bit."
Tie – 33/1
Newcastle Falcons – 5/1
All odds correct with Bet365 at the time of writing.