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Unfortunately for Ulster, revitalised Toulouse look like top-quality side of old

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French team have come long way since their Kingspan humbling in 2015

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Flying success: South African wing Cheslin Kolbe has helped Toulouse emerge from a dark place and reinvent themselves

Flying success: South African wing Cheslin Kolbe has helped Toulouse emerge from a dark place and reinvent themselves

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Flying success: South African wing Cheslin Kolbe has helped Toulouse emerge from a dark place and reinvent themselves

It's a pity to think just how fitting a venue Le Stadium would have been for Sunday's European quarter-final.

When compared to the impact the coronavirus has had upon almost every aspect of everyday life, it goes without saying that the switching of grounds for a rugby game is relatively trivial but it's nonetheless a reminder of the occasion this was set to be.

Before the pandemic struck, for Toulouse to have been hosting Ulster in April and bringing the game to the usual home of the Pink City's football team, a venue primed to be turned into a sea of rouge et noir by 37,000 locals, would have represented their resurgence in a way the 5,000 socially-distanced souls set for the Stade Ernest-Wallon this weekend never will.