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- European Rugby Challenge Cup
- Semi Final
- 27th Apr 2013
- KO 14:30
- Ground: The Greenyards
- Att: 18,500
Leinster v Biarritz - Amlin Challenge Cup match preview
European giants Leinster have recalled a number of their star names for Saturday's Amlin Challenge Cup semi-final with Biarritz.
Leinster coach Joe Schmidt opted to give some of his squad a well-earned break for the RaboDirect PRO12 clash with Zebre last out.
However Rob Kearney, Ian Madigan and Isaac Boss all return to the back division, with Isa Nacewa moving the wing.
Up front Jamie Heaslip, Shane Jennings, Leo Cullen, Mike Ross and Cian Healy have been restored to the starting XV.
Leinster are chasing their fourth European final in five seasons, having won three of the past four Heineken Cups.
Biarritz are not strangers themselves to the biggest stage, having twice been runners up in the Heineken Cup and won the Amlin title last season.
The Top 14 outfit are also back at full-strength after fielding a below-par side in their 16-0 loss to Bordeaux.
Taku Ngwenya, Benoit Baby, Damien Traille, Jean-Pascal Barraque and Dimitri Yachvili will bolster the back division.
In the pack Imanol Harinordoquy, Thibault Dubarry, Erik Lund, Ben Broster, Arnaud Heguy and Thomas Synaeghel all start.
Leinster: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Fergus McFadden, 13 Brian O'Driscoll, 12 Ian Madigan, 11 Isa Nacewa, 10 Jonathan Sexton, 9 Isaac Boss, 8 Jamie Heaslip, 7 Shane Jennings, 6 Kevin McLaughlin, 5 Devin Toner, 4 Leo Cullen, 3 Mike Ross, 2 Richardt Strauss, 1 Cian Healy.
Replacements: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 Jack McGrath, 18 Jamie Hagan, 19 Quinn Roux, 20 Rhys Ruddock, 21 John Cooney, 22 Andrew Goodman, 23 Andrew Conway.
Biarritz: 15 Marcelo Bosch, 14 Taku Ngwenya, 13 Benoît Baby, 12 Damien Traille, 11 Aled Brew, 10 Jean-Pascal Barraque, 9 Dimitri Yachvili, 8 Imanol Harinordoquy, 7 Raphael Lakafia, 6 Thibault Dubarry, 5 Pelu Taele, 4 Erik Lund, 3 Ben Broster, 2 Arnaud Heguy, 1 Thomas Synaeghel.
Replacements: 16 Benoit August, 17 Eugène Van Staden, 18 Francisco Gomez Kodela, 19 Wenceslas Lauret, 20 Mathias Marie, 21 Yann Lesgourgues, 22 Seremaïa Burotu, 23 Teddy Thomas.
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|European Rugby Challenge Cup|
|Thursday 16th October|
|European Rugby Challenge Cup|
|19:45||Gloucester vs Brive|
|Friday 17th October|
|19:00||Bordeaux-Begles vs Edinburgh|
|Saturday 18th October|
|13:00||LOU Rugby vs London Welsh|
|14:30||Cardiff Blues vs Grenoble|
|15:00||Zebre vs Oyonnax|
|17:00||Connacht vs La Rochelle|
|19:00||Bayonne vs Exeter|
|19:45||Stade Francais vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Thursday 23rd October|
|19:45||London Welsh vs Bordeaux-Begles|
|Friday 24th October|
|18:30||Grenoble vs London Irish|
|18:30||La Rochelle vs Bayonne|
|19:30||Brive vs Zebre|
|19:30||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Newcastle|
|19:45||Edinburgh vs LOU Rugby|
|Saturday 25th October|
|15:00||Exeter vs Connacht|
|19:45||Oyonnax vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 6th December|
|TBC||Cardiff Blues vs London Irish|
|TBC||Edinburgh vs London Welsh|
|TBC||Bordeaux-Begles vs LOU Rugby|
|TBC||Gloucester vs Zebre|
|TBC||Brive vs Oyonnax|
|TBC||Newcastle vs Stade Francais|
|TBC||Connacht vs Bayonne|
|TBC||La Rochelle vs Exeter|
|Saturday 13th December|
|TBC||London Irish vs Cardiff Blues|
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