Reasons Why Toulon Can Win the Heineken Cup

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Reasons Why Toulon Can Win the Heineken Cup
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With all eight quarter-final slots now filled, the Heineken Cup moves into its knockout phase. All eyes now turn to the teams that have a chance of winning the biggest prize in European rugby.

The perennial big boys are all through. Irish heavyweights Leinster and Munster topped their groups, while the cream of the Top 14 and Aviva Premiership is represented by Clermont Auvergne, Toulouse, Saracens and Leicester.

But rugby's nouveau riche are the ones to watch this year. Toulon took the competition by storm last season, winning the final in dramatic style against rivals Clermont.

Here are five reasons why Bernard Laporte's men can do it again.

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